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Attorney General Sessions' Opening Statement To Senate Panel, Annotated

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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The hearing has concluded.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions flatly denied reports of a possible undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign in his opening statement before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

He called the suggestion that he colluded with Russia during the campaign an "appalling, detestable lie." In the questioning that followed, senators asked about Sessions' recusal from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and followed up on questions raised during former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on June 8.

Here are Sessions' full prepared remarks to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

This article was originally published on June 13, 2017.

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