After months of public denials, Carter Page admits he told Trump officials about meeting with Russians

Page was questioned by congressional investigators about his 2016 trip to Moscow

“If you’d like to go on your own, not affiliated with the campaign, you know, that’s fine,” Page recalled Lewandowski telling him about the trip.

Page said he met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on his July 2016 trip, which appeared to be at odds with what he's said about his trip in media appearances.

In January, Page told ABC News that he spoke “not one word” to anyone from the Kremlin during the trip, and then in April, he acknowledged only that he “said hello briefly to one individual, who was a board member of the New Economic School where I gave my speech.”

“Those accounts are directly contradictory, so you have to conclude that what he was saying publicly simply wasn’t true,” Schiff said in an interview with ABC News.

Page downplayed the significance of that note in his interview with lawmakers. In explaining his email, Page said he spoke briefly with Dvorkovich at a reception -- and that he and wanted to share impressions of what he observed on Russian television and in speeches with Trump officials.

“Carter Page is an individual who the President-elect does not know and was put on notice months ago by the campaign,” Spicer said shortly before Trump took office in January.

But Page said he was invited to speak at a Moscow university after he became affiliated with the Trump campaign in the spring of 2016. In emails he appeared to suggest to campaign officials that Trump make the trip to Russia, which didn't appear to go anywhere.

Page, meanwhile, continues to project confidence and says the investigation is based on “false allegations” and “lies” put forward in the dossier.

“It was terrific to have the opportunity to help clear the record as to the falsehoods from the dodgy dossier which started this whole thing against me,” Page said as he left the hearing last week.

ABC News’ Pete Madden contributed to this report. The photo of J.D. Gordon was used under the terms of the Creative Commons license.