Trump's tweets also erred in their characterization of the timing of events listed in the indictment of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Manafort's chief aide, Rick Gates. "NONE!" the verified account for George Papadopoulos, financial planner and CPA, tweeted.
Asked again later on in the interview, Page said that he was "perhaps, yeah" on email threads with Papadopoulos and that Russian Federation "may have come up".
Papadopoulos, who had no formal responsibilities, communicated most with Clovis and Manafort, according to an official involved with the group who was unauthorized to disclose internal campaign activities.
The campaign supervisor who sent the email to Papadopoulos was not identified in court documents, but the Washington Post and Yahoo News identified the supervisor as Clovis, who now serves as senior White House adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That was welcomed in Russia, where officials are watching the investigation closely since public evidence of Russian meddling, something that has not so far been presented, would be sure to translate into tougher USA sanctions against Moscow.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that Trump's campaign team provided the special counsel with emails involving Papadopoulos, and described it as a case of an individual doing the "wrong thing" while the campaign did the "right thing". Trump asks an aide, responding to a question about his foreign policy advisers.
Papadopoulos also met with a Russian woman in March 2016 along with the professor, according to the statement, and he relayed that information to the campaign. Papadopoulos told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents, that in a national security meeting attended by Trump and campaign advisers, he "in sum and substance" said that "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin". Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contact with a professor who has ties to the Russian government.
Page, who told the Senate intelligence committee in May he had "brief interactions" with low-level Russian officials in 2013, traveled to Moscow in July 2016, shortly after Papadopoulos forwarded a request from Russian officials to meet with Trump or someone in the Trump campaign.
In April, the professor introduced Papadopoulos to a Russian national connected to the Russian ministry of foreign affairs, and they had conversations over Skype and email about setting up a meeting between Trump campaign and Russian government officials. The email said Russian officials were eager to meet with the candidate and had been reaching out. Sessions, however, did attend, and he and Papadopoulos sat next to each other, according to the source who was in the room.
So I was totally separate from the campaign.
Papadopoulos continued to email high-ranking campaign officials about a request from Russian Federation to meet Trump.
Neither Trump nor his campaign was mentioned in the indictment against Manafort and Gates.