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Carter Page says he mentioned his Russia trip to 'a few people' on Trump campaign

Posted November 3, 2017 5:27 p.m. EDT

— Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, said Friday that he mentioned a planned trip to Russia to "a few people" on the campaign.

In an interview Friday with CNN's Jake Tapper, Page declined to comment on who specifically he told about the upcoming trip during the campaign, but said, "it'll come out," referring to various leaks from the multiple investigations into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the last year's election.

Page said his own Russia trip was unrelated to the campaign, but the revelation comes amid questions over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony to Congress about the Trump campaign and Russia, particularly after Page had said he mentioned his plans to travel to Russia to the then-senator.

When asked by Tapper if Sessions 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."

Page added that when he told Sessions about his planned July 2016 trip to Moscow, it was only in passing after a dinner.

"That mention, which was the big headline yesterday, was a brief comment as we were walking toward the elevator after having a dinner together, and so it was such a nothing event," Page said about the remark to Sessions. "It's totally in passing. It was nothing."