Jeff Sessions: Suggestion I Participated in Any Collusion Is ‘Appalling and Detestable Lie’

In his opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke out on his meetings with the Russian ambassador, while disputing reports that there was an additional meeting.

“I did not have any private meetings,” he said, “nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”

That came in reaction to multiple reports last week, including this from CNN:

CNN previously reported exclusively that congressional investigators are examining whether Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill sources and intelligence officials briefed on the investigation.

The investigators were focusing on whether such a meeting took place April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, where then-candidate Donald Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address.

The suggestion he participated in any kind of collusion against the United States, as Sessions put it, is an “appalling and detestable lie.” And he added that nothing “improper” occurred in his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak.

The attorney general also addressed the answer he gave to Senator Al Franken during his confirmation hearing about meetings with Russian officials––he insisted he did answer the “rambling question” honestly––the scope of his recusal, and his conversations with James Comey.

Sessions concluded by saying he did not recuse himself from “defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations,” touting what the Department of Justice has been doing since he was sworn in.

Watch a clip above, via ABC News.

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