Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has not been interviewed or requested to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller is conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, which Sessions advised while still a senator.
At first, Sessions hesitated to answer the question by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., which came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday on oversight of the Department of Justice.
"I'm not sure I should [answer] without clearing that with the special counsel," Sessions said, before later saying emphatically: "No."
Sessions later told Sen. Joe Kennedy, R-La., that he did not conspire with the Russians and would "absolutely" meet with Mueller if need be.
"I want him to complete his investigation professionally, yes," Sessions said.
A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Examiner that Sessions has not been interviewed, nor asked for an interview by Mueller.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein earlier this year. Rosenstein became the acting attorney general overseeing the Russia investigation after Sessions recused himself from the department's investigation.
Sessions recused himself after it was revealed he did not tell the Senate committee during his confirmation hearing that he had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But Sessions later said he had only brief meetings with Kislyak in his capacity as a senator, and said upon his recusal that his involvement in the Trump campaign means he should recuse himself from any probe dealing with the campaign.
Leahy told Sessions Wednesday that his answer during his January confirmation hearing was "misleading," but Sessions said he took the senator's questioning as meaning "not any casual conversation."
"I did not meet with [Russian officials] in any way about the election," Sessions explained Wednesday. "I have never had a meeting with any Russian officials to discuss any kind of coordinating campaign efforts."
Sessions later fielded similar questions from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who seemed to imply that he already knew Sessions had been asked. But Sessions rejected that.
"I have not been asked for an interview at this point," Sessions said after one of his staffers handed him a note on the issue. "Maybe you better check your source."
A Justice Department spokesperson said Blumenthal's assertions are "not true."