Sessions: Grabbing a woman's genitals without consent is sexual assault

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRhode Island announces plan to pay DACA renewal fee for every 'Dreamer' in state Mich. Senate candidate opts for House run instead NAACP sues Trump for ending DACA MORE (R-Ala.) said Tuesday that he would consider grabbing a woman by her genitals without her consent as sexual assault.

“Clearly it would be,” Sessions said, when asked by Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill MORE (D-Vt.) about such a situation. 

During his confirmation hearing to serve as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE’s attorney general, Sessions said a president would be subject to the same lawful restrictions as anyone else. 

“The president is subject to certain lawful restrictions and they would be required to be applied by the appropriate law enforcement official if appropriate, yes,” Sessions said, but he claimed he did not know whether Trump's remarks constituted an unwanted action.

Leahy’s question stems from the 2005 Access Hollywood tape that featured Trump making lewd comments about women. At the time the tapes were leaked in October, Sessions was asked if the actions Trump described on the tape would be considered sexual assault.

He told the Weekly Standard then: “I don't characterize that as sexual assault. I think that's a stretch.”

But when Leahy asked his question a second time during the confirmation hearing, Sessions again answered, “Yes.”

"My question is very simple. Is grabbing a woman by the genitals without her consent, is that sexual assault?" Leahy asked.

“Yes," Sessions responded.