Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had a tough year.
He’s become a political lightning rod for nothing other than being one of the first major politicians to support President Trump’s campaign. He’s been called dishonorable, he’s been called a liar, he’s even been called a colluder.
On Tuesday, the AG was back before a House hearing and he took the opportunity to defend himself from these spurious attacks.
Sessions argued that he’s always been truthful and as forth-coming as he could be. He also explained that even when Congress has become concerned with his testimony, the differing details have only proven him right. For example, he forgot to mention that George Papadopoulos (a low-level intern) had suggested setting up a meeting between the campaign and Putin… but in that meeting Sessions rejected the idea out of hand saying it would be inappropriate for Trump to meet with Putin (or their representatives).
“My answers have not changed. I have always told the truth. And I have answered every question as I understood them to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do today…
I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter, but I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper.”
Sessions also explained that the Trump campaign was unlike any other campaign he’d ever been a part of and that made it difficult to keep everything that has happened over the last year straight.
“It was a brilliant campaign, I think in many ways, but it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled to sometimes several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply. And I was still a full time senator with a very full schedule.
This year, I have spent close to 20 hours testifying before Congress,” he continued. “I have been asked to remember details from a year ago, such as who I saw on what day, and who said what and when. In all of my testimony, I can only do m best to answer your questions as I understand them, and to the best of my ability.
But I can not accept, and reject accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie. Let me be clear: I have at all times conducted myself honorably, and in a manner consistent with the high standards of the office of Attorney General, which I revere.“
AG Jeff Sessions: "I've always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them to the best of my recollection." pic.twitter.com/gp4D4GWqlh
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 14, 2017
You can see Sessions’ full testimony before Congress in the video below: