Carter Page testifies: "I told Sessions about my Russia trip"

During more than six hours of closed-door testimony, Page said that he informed Sessions about his coming July 2016 trip to Russia, which Page told CNN was unconnected to his campaign role.

"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 the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life. Understandably, it was as irrelevant then as it is now. If it weren't for the dodgy dossier and all the chaos that those complete lies had created, my passing comment's complete lack of relevance should go without saying." Page said it was the only time he met Sessions.

Near the end of the dinner, Page approached Sessions to say hello and thanked the then-senator for the dinner, and Page also mentioned he was headed to Russia.

At a June Senate intelligence committee hearing, Sessions testified that he wasn't aware of any conversations between "Anyone connected to the Trump campaign" and Russians about "Any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States." In another exchange with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sessions was asked if Page met with Russian officials "At any point during the campaign." "I don't know," Sessions responded.