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Carter Page told George Stephanopoulos he never met Donald Trump. Here's a video of him telling Russian media they had 'a number of meetings.'

Carter Page's words are coming back to haunt him.

On Tuesday morning, the former Trump campaign adviser told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that "there was no basis" for his surveillance by the FBI despite having claimed in 2013 to being an informal adviser to the Kremlin. The surveillance of Page, and the evidence the feds used to obtain a warrant for it, is at the heart of a Republican-authored memo that President Trump has latched onto as proof of the FBI's bias against him.

In his interview with Stephanopoulos, Page also distanced himself from the president and claimed that he "never spoke with [Trump] any time in my life." Hours later, Obama campaign veteran Scott Dworkin tweeted a video of Page in December 2016 at a Sputnik News conference in Moscow where he claimed otherwise.

After a woman asked him why his Wikipedia page claims he'd never talked to Trump, Page replied: "I made a commitment not to talk about the internal work that I did at the campaign." But he continued, "I've certainly been in a number of meetings with him and I've learned a tremendous amount from him."

Whoops. Watch a full video of Page's appearance at Sputnik News headquarters here.