"This caricature of me in 1986 was not correct," Sessions said firmly.
In his testimony, Sessions rejected also charges from Democrats that he favored the Ku Klux Klan, worked against civil rights activists and opposed the NAACP.
"These are false charges," Sessions said.
Such assurances did not wash with black Democrats in the Congress, some of whom came over to the Senate hearing room to showcase their opposition to Sessions.
"The Attorney General is expected to uphold justice," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). "Sessions has shown himself fundamentally unfit for this role."
Such attacks were labeled "dirty charges" by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who vowed that these charges against Session would not win the day in 2017.