Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) entered into a refreshingly sensible line of questioning during the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday. Using the ridiculous allegations that Sessions was trying to cover up a secret meeting with Russians during a campaign event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington last April, Sen. Cotton was in rare form as he painted a picture that made Democrats look stupid.
As Cotton began his session, he wondered aloud why some Democrats who asked questions before him weren’t pursuing the issue of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia to hack the election.
Sen. Cotton: “A very simple question that should be asked is: did Donald Trump, or any of his associates in the campaign, collude with Russia in hacking those e-mails and releasing them through the public?'” Cotton said. “That’s where we started six months ago. We have now heard from six of the eight Democrats on this committee and to my knowledge, I don’t think a single one of them asked that question.”
He then asked Sessions if he was familiar with what spy’s call “trade craft,” to which Sessions admitted he was. “That involves things like covert communications, and dead drops, and brush passes, right?” Cotton and Sessions jokingly reviewed spy fiction stories from different authors and fictional characters like Jason Bourne and James Bond.
Referring to a situation when Sessions saw the Russian ambassador in passing at the Mayflower Hotel where a Trump event was being held, Cotton asked, “Have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plot line so ridiculous that a sitting United States Senator and an ambassador of a foreign government colluded at an open setting with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage?”
Sessions seemed relieved to have an opportunity to respond to the ridiculous allegations stemming from the Mayflower meeting, seeming to be both amused and frustrated at the accusation.
“Thank you for saying that, Senator Cotton. It’s just like through the looking glass. I mean, what is this? I explained how in good faith I said I had not met with Russians because they were suggesting I as a surrogate had been meeting continuously with Russians. I didn’t meet with them,” he said, telling the committee that he knew nothing about collusion and he couldn’t understand the accusation.
You can see the exchange below.
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