Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some shade at his former colleague in the Senate.

As he read from a written statement, Sessions sought to shed light on a response he provided about meetings with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing in January. The former Alabama politician cast blame on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for posing the inquiry that prompted said response.

"Sen. Franken asked me a rambling question," Sessions explained, clarifying his answer to the Minnesota Democrat under oath. The attorney general further characterized Franken's question as "dramatic" and noted it came after six hours of testimony, downplaying concerns about potential inconsistencies in his response.

Sessions opened the hearing with a fierce defense of his record, elucidating specifically an event at the Mayflower Hotel that some have characterized as a "meeting" between him and the Russian ambassador. Instead, Sessions says, the gathering was a reception during which he has no memory of meeting with Ambassador Kislyak.

Sessions called allegations that he colluded with Russia an "appalling and detestable lie."

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.