Al Franken Just Wrecked Jeff Sessions During Brutal Senate Hearing — WATCH:
Senator Al Franken on Tuesday dragged Attorney General Jeff Sessions all over the Senate Floor as he exposed lie after lie during a contentious hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Franken confronted Sessions about his testimony in January, in which he said he had no communications with Russians. Sessions later had to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia after it was revealed he had conversations with the ambassador
The Minnesota Democrat asked him to explain why he continued walking back his denial of contacts with Russia during the campaign, and the attorney general stumbled under pressure.
“First it was, ‘I did not have communications with the Russians,’” Franken said. “Which was not true. Then it was, ‘I never met with any Russians to discuss any political campaign,’ which may or may not be true.”
He continued: “Now it’s, ‘I did not discuss interference in the campaign,’ which further narrows your initial blanket denial about meeting with the Russians. Since you have qualified your denial to say that you did not ‘discuss issues of the campaign with Russians,’ what in your view constitutes issues of the campaign?”
That’s when Sessions lost his bearings.
“Well, let’s say this without hesitation that I conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding the campaign or any other item facing this country,” Sessions said.
“I don’t have to sit here and listen to this,” Sessions said, “without having a chance to respond. Give me a break.”
Sessions argued that his answers about serving as a Trump campaign surrogate were incomplete because he was tired from testifying six hours during his confirmation hearing.
“I felt a need to respond and I responded on the spot,” Sessions said. “It’s been six hours in the hearing. It’s at the end of the day, and I said I’m not aware of those activities — and I wasn’t and am not. I don’t believe they occurred.”
But Franken was not having it. The two men argued repeatedly about the time allotted for their questions and answers, and Sessions suggested Franken had insulted him by pressing him to explain answers from his confirmation hearing that turned out to be untrue.
Watch the entire exchange in the video below: