Carter Page Changes His Story On Russian Meetings

The New York Times reports:

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, met Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip he took to Moscow, according to testimony he gave on Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee.

Shortly after the trip, Mr. Page sent an email to at least one Trump campaign aide describing insights he had after conversations with government officials, legislators and business executives during his time in Moscow, according to one person familiar with the contents of the message. The email was read aloud during the closed-door testimony.

The new details of the trip present a different picture than the account Mr. Page has given during numerous appearances in the news media in recent months and are yet another example of a Trump adviser meeting with Russians officials during the 2016 campaign.

In multiple interviews with The New York Times, he had either denied meeting with any Russian government officials during the July 2016 visit or sidestepped the question, saying he met with “mostly scholars.” Mr. Page confirmed the meetings in an interview on Friday evening, but played down their significance.

More from CNN:

When Page spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday afternoon, he said he had only met with academics and a few business people whom he had “known for over a decade.”

In his interview with Tapper, Page also confirmed that before going on the trip he mentioned his plans to travel to Russia to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions as well as “a few people” on the Trump campaign.

When Tapper asked if Sessions, now the US attorney general, was “the only one on the campaign that knew about the trip,” Page replied: “I mentioned it to a few people.” “Who else?” Tapper asked. “You know, it’ll come out,” Page said. “Things keep leaking in this.”