Former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, who has come under scrutiny in the investigation of Russian election interference, told a House committee that he sought permission for a July 2016 trip to Moscow from senior Trump campaign officials, and reported to other Trump officials about the trip when he returned.
Page's eight-hour testimony, under oath, to members of the House Intelligence Committee on November 2 came the same week as the first charges were announced in the special counsel's investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
Under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat, Page said he sent a memo to the Trump campaign stating that "Dvorkovich expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to the vast range of current global problems".
But according to the transcript, he told lawmakers that he did indeed speak with members of the Russian government and state-owned businesses, including Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
"I mentioned it briefly to Senator Sessions as I was walking out the door (of a Republican club on Capitol Hill)", Carter testified.
Beyond the meetings that Page had during his summertime trip to Moscow, his testimony also provided a clearer look at how much more senior campaign officials knew of his comings and goings.
"I had no coordination with him on that, no", Page testified.
"I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened", Sessions said in response to questions from Sen.
Clovis last week withdrew his nomination to be the Agriculture Department's chief scientist.
Another adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal agents about Russian contacts during the campaign.
Page also acknowledged that he solicited suggestions for his Moscow speech from the campaign.
While Russia poses an external threat, "in many respects, the challenge from within is more serious because we have a president who takes issue with the First Amendment and a president who describes the press as the enemy of the people", Schiff said.
According to Steele's source, Diveykin told Page the Kremlin had damaging information on Hillary Clinton that they wanted to turn over to the Trump campaign.
Campaign officials rejected that meeting but Clovis suggested that Papadopoulos could make the trip to Moscow himself, according to documents unveiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week.
An unverified dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele, which Page repeatedly referred to as the "dodgy dossier" said that Page was offered money from a deal privatizing a large portion of Rosneft previous year. Page said he did not recall the email until a reporter from The Washington Post told him about it in August of this year.
Page, in his testimony, again stressed that the trip was understood to be separate from the campaign and said that he mentioned it to Sessions in the context of "discussing your travel schedule". Sessions was also among those on Team Trump who was notified of Page's July 2016 Moscow trip. He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors.
Asked about the email, Page told lawmakers he did not mean that he had met with officials, but rather had learned of their views in local media, from scholars in Russian Federation and at a public speech given by Dvorkovich at a conference where Page was also speaking.Page said he had a "brief hello" with Dvorkovich.
The committee's Republican majority did not comment on the transcript Monday.