Reports emerged last week that Sessions spoke with Kislyak in 2016 while the former GOP senator from Alabama was serving as a top surrogate for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHow Barack Obama ruined NASA space exploration Poll: More than half say Sessions should resign Why a Russian Federation probe may make the left squirm, too, not just the right MORE's presidential campaign.
And perhaps most importantly, as Rachel noted on the show last night, there are still some core questions that Sessions and his allies haven't answered in any meaningful way.
Given the platform change, and Sessions' position in the campaign, it's unlikely the Alabama Senator was just making the case to the Russian ambassador that the Crimson Tide's Jonathan Allen should be the number one draft pick, as the two guzzled funky "Trump's American Pale Ale".
Franken said that he waited for Sessions' letter on Monday night to the Senate Judiciary Committee to come out. The announcement came a day after news broke that Sessions met Russia's ambassador two times prior to the election.
Sessions argued that he was asked about an exchange of information between surrogates for President Donald Trump's campaign and intermediaries for the Russian government and said he believes he answered the question honestly.
On Thursday, the justice department released a letter from Sessions responding to Democratic senators' demand that he appear before the committee again to answer questions about his "incomplete and misleading" testimony, and his failure to correct the record before the Washington Post made his meetings with the Russian ambassador public.
Sessions said his recusal would apply not just to any alleged Russian contact with the Trump campaign, but also with the Trump transition team and administration.
"He needs to come back", Franken said.
Of course, the question didn't ask about the Russian ambassador.
'Listen, I've been cutting him a lot of slack, ' the Democrat said.
TAPPER: Senator, let me ask you, you have been criticized by Republicans, Senator Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said your question was a gotcha question.