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Sen. Tom Cotton uses James Bond, Jason Bourne movies to ridicule Democrats' questioning of Sessions

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) took a minute at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday to grill Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his taste in "spy fiction." Sessions easily admitted he enjoyed a good spy novel, rattling off some of his favorite authors, but he was more hesitant to reveal his thoughts on spy movies.

"Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?" Cotton asked. "No ... yes, I do," Sessions said, to laughter.

All of this was to prove Cotton's point: that Democrats' questions about whether Sessions met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel last April were absurd. "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 at an open setting with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage?" Cotton asked.

Sessions, who was earlier unable to "recall" if he'd had this third hotel meeting with Kislyak, thanked Cotton for making this point. "It's just like Through the Looking-Glass," Sessions said, referring to the Lewis Carrol novel about an imaginary world where everything is flipped around. "I mean, what is this?"

Watch — and learn which spy novel Sessions just finished reading — below. Becca Stanek