A normally docile, folksy Jeff Sessions erupted on Tuesday after a senator asked him about Jame Comey’s view of Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation.
“Mr. Comey said that there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn’t talk about them,” Sen. Ron Wyden told the Attorney General, who was smiling slightly.
“That— I,” Sessions said, his smile quickly disappearing, before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Why don’t you tell me!
“There are none, Sen. Wyden,” he continued, flashing rare public anger. “There are none! I can tell you that for absolute certainty.”
He added, “This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me and I don’t appreciate it! And I’ve tried my best to give my truthful answers to any committee I’ve appeared before. People are suggesting through innuendo that I have not been honest about matters and I’ve tried to be honest,” Sessions said.
When Wyden mischaracterized Sessions’ statement, the Attorney General fired back, “Sen. Wyden, he did not say that.”
“He said it was problematic and I asked you what was problematic about it,” Wyden responded.
“Well, some of that leaked out of the committee that he said in closed sessions,” Sessions said.