Whitehouse questioned Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions about whether he ever chanted "lock her up" about Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Tuesday that he never chanted “lock her up” about Hillary Clinton during last year’s presidential campaign, when President-elect Trump presided over several rallies at which thousands of people repeated that chant.

“During the course of this boisterous political campaign, did you ever chant ‘lock her up’?” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked Sessions during Tuesday’s attorney general confirmation hearings.

“No, I did not,” Sessions answered. “I don’t think. I heard it, at rallies and so forth, sometimes I think humorously done.”

“A special prosecutor, I favored that,” he added. “I think that probably is one of the reasons I believe that I should not make any decision about any such case.”

Earlier during Tuesday’s hearing, Sessions expressed his intention to recuse himself from any matters pertaining to failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that were raised during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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