Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) comically mocked the allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions collluded with the Russians during a campaign event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington during a campaign event last April.
â€œMr. Sessions, are you familiar with what spies call trade craft?â€ Cotton asked, prompting the attorney general to warily reply, â€œA little bit.â€
â€œThat involves things like covert communications and dead drops and brush passes, right? Do you like spy fiction? Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?â€ Cotton continued before slamming the probe.
â€œHave you ever, 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?â€ he asked, prompting Sessions to laugh for the first time during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
â€œThank you for saying that, Senator Cotton. Itâ€™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 didnâ€™t meet with them,â€ he said.