Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday where he denied colluding with the Russian government as an adviser with the Trump campaign and transition team.
“I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel. I did not attend any meetings at that event. Prior to the speech, I attended a reception with my staff that included at least two dozen people and President Trump. Though I do recall several conversations I had during that pre-speech reception, I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian Ambassador or any other Russian officials.
If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian Ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it. After the speech, I was interviewed by the news media, which had gathered as I remember in a different room, and then I left the hotel.”
Sessions comes before the committee after reports that he misreported meetings he took with Russian officials.
He is being questioned by lawmakers regarding his recusal from the Russian investigation and to what extent he played a role in the firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey testified that he believes he was fired for failing to suspend the Russian probe.
In addition to the denial, Sessions went as far to as to say it was a “detestable lie” that he had any collusion with the Russians on their interference with the 2016 U.S. election.
Sessions closed his testimony by saying, “I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.”