Sessions calls accusations of Russia collusion an ‘appalling lie’

Attorney general gives fiery rebuttal to Senate intelligence committee about discussions with Russian ambassador and denies reports of third meeting

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has rejected allegations that he took part in collusion with Moscow to influence the 2016 election as an “appalling and detestable lie”.

Sessions was testifying under oath to the Senate intelligence committee, where he faced a blizzard of questions about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to Washington during the campaign, his recusal from the issues linked to the investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and his role in the firing of the FBI director, James Comey.

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