‘Do You Like Spy Fiction… James Bond Movies?’ Things Get Weird Between Sen. Cotton and Sessions
During Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, things took a bit of a strange turn when it was Sen. Tom Cotton’s time to ask some questions.
Cotton began his session by bringing up the previous Democrats who had asked questions, wondering aloud why most of them hadn’t pressed the AG on the issue of collusion between Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russia to hack the election. In his opinion, he felt it was because, during ex-FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, that question was answered.
The Arkansas lawmaker then decided that was a good time to discuss movies and books with the attorney general.
Mentioning reports on Sessions’ meeting with the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel last year, Cotton asked if Sessions was familiar with “what spies call tradecraft” and “things like covert communications and dead drops.” We then got this exchange:
Cotton: Do you like spy fiction? John La Corre, Daniel Silva, Jason Matthews?
Sessions: Yeah, Alan Furst, David Ignatius.
Cotton: Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?
Sessions: No. Yes, I do.
The GOP senator went on to use this tangent to suggest that it was a “fantastical” and “ridiculous” plot line to suggest that a then-sitting senator and ambassador colluded in an open setting to commit espionage.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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