A report claims that a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was improperly obtained.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied that he lied when he testified about Russian contacts in October. He also said he was aware of African-American groups that have transformed themselves into “violent activists.”
The former adviser offered new details during eight hours of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, which has released a transcript of his remarks.
Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, told House investigators he met with Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip to Moscow. He has long denied doing so.
As he closed in on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Donald J. Trump named foreign policy advisers who are now under scrutiny for Russia ties.
The F.B.I. chief’s remarks created a treacherous political moment for the president and placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House.