Sorry Sessions: Carter Page tells House Intelligence panel Sessions knew about his Russia trip

During a marathon closed-door hearing Thursday with the House Intelligence panel, former Trump aide Carter Page said he had told then-Senator Jeff Sessions he was going to Russia during the 2016 campaign. CNN writes:

Sessions’ discussion with Page will fuel further scrutiny about what the attorney general knew about connections between the Trump campaign and Russia — and communications about Russia that he did not disclose despite a persistent line of questioning in three separate hearings this year. […]

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is leading the House intelligence committees Russia probe, confirmed to CNN that Page told the committee he had informed Sessions about his trip, though Conaway downplayed its significance. […]

“Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow,” Page told CNN. “Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with

campaign and as I’ve done dozens of times throughout my life.”

Now doesn’t that sound like something you might want to follow up on after you reportedly shut down the prospect of connecting with Russians during that infamous March national security meeting several months earlier?

Democrats—Sens. Patrick Leahy and Al Franken, in particular—want Sessions to testify again before the Judiciary Committee so he can explain his complete and utter inability to get the facts right about both his Russian contacts and those of his campaign counterparts. Then again, if you’ve lied from the outset about both, why would you suddenly start telling the truth now.

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