Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, refused to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its investigation to determine whether Trump officials colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Although it is not confirmed if the committee has sent a formal request to Page to make an appearance, Page informed the committee he will not meet with them, according to a report from Politico on Tuesday.
Page's actions could be relevant to the intelligence panel's investigation due to reports last year that claimed he had met with high-level associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2016. Page asserted the meetings never happened, yet simultaneously, the Trump campaign distanced itself from Page stated he and Trump had never been introduced.
Page reportedly has a history of meeting with Russian officials. Earlier this year, it was revealed the FBI was looking into his correspondence with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013, however, he was never charged with a crime.
Page may still have to meet before the committee, despite his refusal. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., have said they are willing to use a variety of means, including subpoenas, to compel any official who tries to resist meeting with them.
The committee has already met with Trump officials including White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Trump's son-in-law, Donald Trump Jr.
During the summer, Page was adamant that he was pursuing the committees to take his testimony.
"It is unfathomable that [former FBI Director James] Comey got his third chance in as many months to testify about the senseless witch hunt that he led on behalf of the Clinton campaign and Obama administration, but I have been completely blocked from testifying before either of the congressional intelligence committees and providing the accurate story about what actually happened last year," Page told the Washington Examiner.