Clovis's decision came just days after court filings indicated that he may have encouraged President Trump's campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to set up meetings with Russians for the Trump campaign.
The open hearing, tentatively scheduled for November 14, is part of the committee's regular oversight of the Justice Department, but Russian Federation appears nearly certain to be a topic. "He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors".
Page also wrote that he had been provided "incredible insights and outreach" by Russian lawmakers and "senior members" of Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration during the trip. Prosecutors said they must confirm that they are the real owners.
Papadopoulos lied to federal investigators about his interactions with a professor he believed had substantive ties to the Kremlin, according to the statement of offense filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Page's comments provide the latest confirmed contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russians during the presidential race. But the official acknowledged that some members of the council met for dinner "once or twice or a few times" and did not know how many of those gatherings Page or Papadopoulos attended.
The case of Page, an energy consultant and graduate of the Naval Academy, has attracted scrutiny since he was named an adviser to the campaign in March 2016. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said several times that the answer is one, implying that the foreign policy council was an unimportant body and Papadopoulos was a minor player in the campaign.
Fresh scrutiny for Sessions on Capitol Hill amid Russian Federation probe
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Des Moines Register that officials respect his decision to withdraw. The hearing marked a return to the Judiciary Committee for Sessions, who served on it for years as a Republican senator.
In testimony made public on Monday, Page initially said he did not meet with any senior Russian officials during a trip in July 2016 but later said he "briefly" greeted Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich, and saw him again at a dinner in December 2016.
For months, Page has denied meeting with Russian government officials while in Moscow. Page also tells the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip and he had planned to share information with them about what he had learned. Their conversation, he told investigators, was not about coordination with Russian Federation on the campaign, but largely limited to an exchange of pleasantries.
"During many public appearances prior to his November 2, 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in open session, Carter Page characterized his July 2016 trip to Russia as a private one in which his interactions with Russian individuals were largely confined to the 'man on the street, '" Schiff said.
Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that she would discuss bringing Sessions before her panel with the committee's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen.
Research for the dossier, which Trump has derided, was funded by the campaign of Trump's 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.