Sen. Tom Cotton Tuesday ripped Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday for not asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during last year's campaign.
"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 to the public?" the Arkansas Republican said during Sessions' hearing before the panel. "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.
"They have gone down lots of other rabbit trails, but not that question.
"Maybe it's because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated they have seen no evidence thus far after six months of our investigation and 10 months or 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion."
After asking Sessions whether he was familiar with several spy-fiction novelists, Cotton asked: "Have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plot line so ridiculous as 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 chuckled before responding.
"It's just like through the looking glass," the attorney general said after thanking Cotton. "I mean, what is this?
"I explained how in good faith I said I had not met with Russians, because they were suggesting that — I, as a surrogate — had been meeting continuously with Russians.
"I didn't meet with them — and now the next thing you know I'm accused of being at some reception plotting some sort of influence campaign for the American election.
"It's just beyond my capability to understand."
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