COTTON: Well, I am on this side of the dais, so I can say a very simple question that should be asked. I am on the side of the dais, so 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? That's where we started six months ago. We've now heard 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.
Maybe that is because Jim Comey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, told him three times, he assured him he was not under investigation. Maybe it's because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated that 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.
I just suggest. what do we think happened at the Mayflower? Mr. Sessions, are -- are you familiar with what spies called tradecraft?
SESSIONS: 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' book.
COTTON: Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?
SESSIONS: No. (LAUGHTER)
SESSIONS: Yes. I do.
COTTON: Have -- have you ever in any of these fantastical situations hear 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 (inaudible)?
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 said 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 to at least, to be able to say publicly, I didn't participate in that and know nothing about it.