Attorney General Sessions came out strong against Democrats and their obsession with Russian collusion conspiracy.
After briefly thanking the Senate Select Committee for a chance to state his case, Sessions ripped into the narrative that he knowingly met with Russian officials in an attempt to undermine the presidential election.
Sessions also said he would not violate his “duty to protect confidential communications with the President,” before launching into Democrats in his opening statement.
“Now, let me address some issues directly: 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,” Sessions said.
“Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”
Sessions went on to call the Democrats attempt to accuse Sessions of undermining the electoral process as “appalling” and “detestable.”
AG Sessions: "I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel." pic.twitter.com/eu3e0CFNcB
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 13, 2017
“I was your colleague in this body for 20 years, and the suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.”
'An Appalling and Detestable Lie': #Sessions Blasts Suggestions of Russian Collusion https://t.co/aH6iWCpydQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 13, 2017
Depending on what side of the political aisle you land on, the response on Twitter varied:
No need for Sessions to rise and raise his right hand to swear to tell the truth. He wont#SessionsHearing
— Rude Dog 🇺🇸 / 🇲🇽 (@rrjr724) June 13, 2017
Sessions says he recused himself from any "investigation into the president" [not admin/team] Careful wording post-Comey #SessionsHearing
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 13, 2017
Even Rosie O’Donnell chimed in:
the trump agenda is to ruin the lives of the american people #SessionsHearing #Resist #youSUCKjeff #LIES
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 13, 2017
Sessions wrapped up by stating that he will not be intimated by the attacks, and the movement to delegitimize the Trump administration only strengthens his resolve.
The people of this country expect an honest and transparent government and that is what we are giving them. This President wants to focus on the people of this country to ensure they are treated fairly and kept safe. The Trump agenda is to improve the lives of the American people. I know some have other agendas, but that is his agenda and it is one I share, Sessions said.
“These false attacks, the innuendo, and the leaks, you can be sure, will not intimidate me,” he continued. “”And I will not be deterred, and I will not allow this great Department to be deterred from its vital mission.”
While liberals clearly weren’t buying what Sessions was saying, the AG was earning accolades from the right:
The look at @msnbc @CNN right now due to their lies being totally obliterated by Jeff Sessions. #SessionsHearing pic.twitter.com/n1LukkfwIX
— Kambree (@KamVTV) June 13, 2017
AG Sessions: "I have confidence in Mr Mueller."
It's clear that Ruddy trolled everyone yesterday.#SessionsHearing
— HARLAN Z. HILL 🇺🇸 (@Harlan) June 13, 2017
AG Sessions obliterated the Libs LIES about Russia. Has anyone arrested the Clintons, Lynch or Comey for their crimes yet?#SessionsHearing
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) June 13, 2017
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