Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Tuesday tried to steer Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee away from questions regarding the attorney general’s failure to disclose at least two meeting with the Russian ambassador, asking head of the United States Department of Justice is "he likes spy fiction,” or “Jason Bourne or James Bond movies.”
“No,” Sessions said, as attendees in the chamber laughed. “Yes, I do,” the attorney general abruptly corrected.
Sen. Cotton asks Sessions if he’s a fan of James Bond movies during questioning about Russia investigation https://t.co/7eBHhUrELv— NBC News (@NBC News)1497386477.0
“Have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plot line so ridiculous that a sitting United States senator and an ambassador of a foreign government colluded … with hundred of other people to pull of the greatest caper in the history of espionage?” Cotton pressed.
“Thank you for saying this Sen. Cotton,” Sessions replied. “It’s just like through the looking glass. I mean, what is this?”
The—to borrow Sen. Cotton’s term—“ridiculous” exchange unsurprisingly ignited the Internet, with users taking to Twitter to slam the senator’s line of questioning.
Read some of the best tweets below:
Reminder that Comrade Cotton had dinner with Trump last week. #SessionsHearing— shauna (@shauna)1497386147.0
Cotton is a very absorptive material for water-carrying purposes.— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1497386105.0
Some day, a historian is going to look at Tom Cotton's questioning time and think, "Jesus, what an ass-kisser."— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1497386259.0
"Do you like spy fiction?" It's all just a joke to Tom Cotton.— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1497385954.0
Senator Cotton seems very proud of his ability to completely miss the point. No one's charging Trump was directly involved in the hacking.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1497385938.0
If Cotton's tone becomes any more self-righteous we can use him as a source of renewable energy.— Jasmin Mujanović (@Jasmin Mujanović)1497386262.0
Senator Cotton not missing an opportunity to shit on Obama— quaranturner (@quaranturner)1497386261.0
Tom Cotton should stick to eating birthday cake every day. https://t.co/Dmf2lofGWA— Dan Moren (@Dan Moren)1497386244.0
is senator cotton also slender man or no— Jen Ortiz (@Jen Ortiz)1497386192.0
Cotton is being "characteristically theatrical" in his bloviating right now. #SessionsHearing— Amy Westervelt (@Amy Westervelt)1497386152.0
Cotton/Sessions. #SessionsHearing https://t.co/ctsUB8TOSd— Andy Dehnart (@Andy Dehnart)1497386141.0
Tom Cotton raising involuntary memories of the kid in high school who would routinely hijack the class with his woodpecker voice.— Charles McNulty (@Charles McNulty)1497386123.0