Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tucker Carlson Tonight that foreign nationals seeking asylum have been "overwhelming" the court system in recent years.

"Over 80 percent of claims are being denied by immigration judges as being not meritorious," Sessions said when asked how many asylum claims were legitimate.

"You do not get to come to America [simply over] a private threat or if someone personally attacks you," he said.

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Sessions said the asylum system is geared toward members of ethnic, racial or religions groups that are being persecuted.

Tucker Carlson also asked Sessions about reports that his subordinate, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, engaged in a tense exchange with lawmakers over subpoenaed documents.

Sessions said FBI Director Chris Wray disputed the accounts being reported and that he has no evidence to believe Rosenstein was acting out of line.

Watch the full interview above.

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