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‘I’ve Bent Over Backward Not to Say That He Lied’: Franken Says Sessions Needs to ‘Explain Himself’

In the middle of today’s confirmation hearing for Deputy Attorney General nominee Rod Rosenstein, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) let his anger with Attorney General Jeff Sessions bubble to the surface during his round of questions.

Referencing Sessions’ submitted letter amending his testimony to the Senate during his own confirmation hearing, Franken pointedly stated that Sessions owes it to the committee to “come back and to explain himself.” The Minnesota lawmaker was especially incensed with Sessions writing “I did not mention communications I had with the Russian ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them.”

“He answered a question I didn’t ask,” Franken exclaimed. “And for him to put this in his letter as a response is insulting, and he should come back and explain himself.”

He added, “I’ve bent over backward not to say that he lied. He needs to come back. I’ve bent over backward. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt, but he has to come back.”

Sessions recused himself last week from any investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaign. This came on the heels of a report indicating he spoke with the Russian ambassador twice while involved in the campaign, contradicting testimony he gave to Franken in his confirmation hearing.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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