Jeff Sessions Testimony Quotes: 10 Key Things Attorney General Said About Russia, Not Answering Questions, More

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation in Atlanta on June 6. Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

It seems each week of the Trump administration brings a new must-watch hearing in Washington, D.C. It was Attorney General Jeff Sessions's turn Tuesday, when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Folks across the country waited eagerly to hear Sessions get questioned about his meetings with Russian officials and the ongoing investigation into the country's meddling in the 2016 presidential election won by Donald Trump.

Here are 10 key quotes from that hearing:

1. On potential collusion with Russia in meddling in the election: "The suggestion that I participated in any collusion…to hurt this country…is an appalling and detestable lie."

2. His prepared remarks on an alleged third meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States that he reportedly did not disclose: "
I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel."

3. On a question during his Senate confirmation hearing about the possibility Trump campaign officials met with Russian officials during the campaign: "Senator Franken asked a rambling question."

4. On defending himself: "I did not recuse myself defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations."

5. On realizing he was a Trump campaign surrogate "over time": "It became clear to me over time that I qualified…as a significant campaign type person."

6. On Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is charged with looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller."

7. After being questioned about the potential third meeting with the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel: "I don't recall it…certainly I can assure you nothing improper, if I had a conversation with him, and it's conceivable that occurred. I just don't remember it.… I could say I possibly had a meeting but I still do not recall it."

8. After being asked if the Trump campaign foreign policy team he headed up ever met: "We met a couple of times maybe, some of the people did, but we never functioned, frankly Mr. Chairman, as a coherent team."

9. On apparent secret innuendo during a heated exchange with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): "This is secret innuendo that's being leaked out about me and I don't appreciate it."

10. On the allegation he was impeding the congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the election by not answering questions: "I would say that I have consulted with senior career attorneys in the department and they believe this is consistent with my duties."

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