(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Tuesday during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that none of the Democrats on the committee had asked whether the president or any of his associates colluded with Russia to hack the DNC’s emails and release them to the public.
“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 emails and releasing them to the public? That’s where we started six months ago,” Cotton said.
“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’ve gone down lots of other rabbit trails, but not that question,” he said.
“Maybe that is because Jim Comey said last week as he said to Donald Trump that on three times, he assured him he was not under investigation,” Cotton said.
“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 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion,” he said.
Cotton asked Sessions whether he was familiar with what spies call trade craft, to which Sessions replied, “A little bit.”
COTTON: That involves things like covert communications and dead drops and brush passes, right?
SESSIONS: That is part of it.
COTTON: Do you like spy fiction? John le Carre’, Daniel Silva, Jason Matthews?
SESSIONS: Yeah, Alan Furst. David Ignatius. Just finished Ignatius’s book.
COTTON: Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?
SESSIONS: No. Yes, I do.
COTTON: 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: 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 say I didn’t meet with them, and now the next thing you know, I’m accused of some reception, plotting some sort of influence campaign for the American election. It’s just beyond my capability to understand, and I really appreciate, Mr. Chairman, the opportunity at least to say publicly I didn’t participate in that and know nothing about it.
COTTON: And I gather that’s one reason you want to testify today in public. Last week, Mr. Comey in characteristic, dramatic, and theatrical fashion, alluded ominously to what you call innuendo, that there was some kind of classified intelligence that suggested you might have colluded with Russia or that you might have otherwise acted improperly. You’ve addressed those allegations here today. Do you understand why he made that allusion?
SESSIONS: Actually, I do not. Nobody’s provided me any information about that.