January 10, 2017: Sen. Al Franken questions Jeff Sessions at a confirmation hearing to become Attorney General.
FRANKEN: CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote 'Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.' These documents also allegedly say quote, 'there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.'
Again, I'm telling you this is just coming out, so, you know. But, if it's true it's obviously extremely serious. And if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?
SESSIONS: Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.
It is at this specific moment where Sessions denies having communications with the Russians, saying he is unable to comment: