Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies at Senate hearing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, appearing at a high-stakes Senate hearing, on Tuesday denounced as “an appalling and detestable lie” the idea that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions, a senior member of Republican President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and an adviser to his presidential campaign last year, testified about his conversations with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress, as the Senate Intelligence Committee probes the Russia matter.

“I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign,” Sessions said.

“The suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie,” he said.

Sessions is the most senior member of Trump’s administration caught up in the controversy over whether associates of the president colluded with Russia to help Trump win the election. (Reuters)

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Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) asks questions of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, accompanied by Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2017, about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Jeff Sessions, U.S. attorney general, speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions(R) testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017.
(Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in before testifying during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Jeff Sessions, U.S. attorney general, swears in to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer was expected to face sharp questioning on his prior contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of FBI director James Comey (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions(L) shakes hands with Sen. Richard Burr(R) Intelligence Committee Chairman and Sen. Mark Warner (C) as he arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

A Senate staff member places a name card for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions before a hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

A microphone is placed on the witness table for a hearing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence June 13, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Places are reserved for journalists in the hearing room ahead of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Jeff Session testifies at Senate hearing

Jeff Sessions, U.S. attorney general, right, shakes hands with Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, next to ranking member Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, left, before a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)