Carter Page: Russia "may have come up" in talks with George Papadopoulos

The former Trump adviser may have released some important news about the Trump campaign

Published October 31, 2017 10:07AM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Carter Page voluntarily went on national television Monday night to do a live one-on-one interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes. The former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser offhandedly admitted he may have talked with recently indicted George Papadopoulos about Russia.

"It may have come up, yeah," Page said on "All in with Chris Hayes," when asked whether he exchanged emails with Papadopoulos about Russia.

In the interview, Page downplayed any contact he had with Papadopoulos, noting "there were tons of emails happening on a lot of different things," but that he "definitely didn't hear anything" on Russian attempts to hack emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Page, who had a marathon session with the congressional investigations earlier in the summer, revealed to Hayes that he does not have legal representation.

“Papadopoulos has been cooperating since July; I’ve been cooperating since March. I want to get the truth out there,” Page said.

The former aide also disputed rumors that he was one of the anonymous people who attended a meeting last August that was mentioned in Robert Mueller's indictment.

“I don’t think so,” Page said about being one of the people at the meeting. “I definitely was not; I’m sure on that that I wasn’t.”

Regular viewers of Hayes' show would remember Page from an interview back in March when he admitted to talking with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

“I’m not going to deny that I talked to him,” Page said in March 2017. “I will say that I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland. Let’s just say that much.”

In March 2016, Page was named one of five foreign policy advisers by the Trump campaign. At the time, Trump claimed Page had a PhD, which he does not. To this date, no one knows whether Trump misspoke at the time or if Page had falsified his credentials on his application.

Six months later, in September, Page took a leave of absence from the Trump campaign after U.S. intelligence revealed contacts between him and Russian officials, including Vladimir Putin’s top deputy, Igor Sechin. When first confronted, Page claimed the only Igor Sechin he knew was the guy who had lost to Ivan Drago in the opening scene of “Rocky IV.”

Shortly after he left the campaign, the FBI obtained a 90-day warrant to surveil Page. The warrant has been renewed four times.

Watch the full interview with Chris Hayes below:

By Taylor Link

MORE FROM Taylor Link