You don't lie when you have nothing to hide. Plus, Sessions is a trial lawyer. He would know that "I did not have conversations with the Russians" is not only false, but by answering like he did, he didn't leave himself room for maneuvering. Had he wanted to be transparent, he would have answered like this:"When Senator Sessions testified under oath that 'I did not have communications with the Russians,' his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks," said Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. "And he continued to let it stand even as he watched the president tell the entire nation he didn't know anything about anyone advising his campaign talking to the Russians."
During the Flynn controversy, Mr Trump defended his embattled national security adviser by saying that contacts with foreign leaders, including Russians, weren't just permissible but advisable. That defence fell apart because clear evidence came out that Mr Flynn had been evasive not only to the press and public but to the administration itself.
Mr Sessions seems to be constructing his defence in a similar fashion - parsing the words of the questions he answered during his confirmation process and defending the subsequent revelations as reasonable. Like Flynn, the evasion has become a bigger story than the original contacts.
Given the attorney general's close relationship with the president, a resignation seems unlikely. Then again, the same could be said for Mr Flynn, and he was ultimately shown the door.
What should be of particular concern to Republicans is that the Sessions revelations fit a growing pattern of obfuscation and evasion on the part of the president's inner circle when it comes to contact with the Russian government.
It's the kind of thing that will prompt more questions, more investigations and more speculation about what else is out there.
"I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign." That was this morning and it's a tad too late.