Less than a week after former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the spotlight turned to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and his role in Comey's firing, the Russia investigation and other issues.
Here are key moments:
Sessions does not remember meeting any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday it was possible he met the Russian ambassador at a reception in April 2016 but said he did not recall any conversation between them and he denied any wrongdoing.
"I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any private conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel," Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The FBI has been investigating whether Sessions had an undisclosed meeting with the Russian envoy at the hotel. Sessions said he was there for a Trump campaign speech, which drew several foreign ambassadors.
Sen. Martin Heinrich accused Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions of "impeding" the Senate investigation by not answering questions before the chamber's Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
"You are obstructing" the Senate investigation, the New Mexico Democrat told Sessions, pushing the attorney general on whether he is invoking executive privilege to refuse to answer.
Sessions, who avoided claiming executive privilege during the Intelligence Committee hearing, said he is "protecting the president's constitutional right" to confidential communications. Several administration officials over the last week have refused to answer questions from senators but have not specifically invoked executive privilege.
While he recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the election, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions argues he didn’t step down from supervising the Justice Department – or from being able to recommend firing FBI Director James B. Comey.
Sessions said he spoke about the need to get rid of Comey with Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein long before a meeting about the FBI director with President Trump last month.
“It was something we both agreed to, that a fresh start at the FBI was a good thing,” Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions took a page from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's book during Tuesday's testimony, avoiding a tough question about President Trump's comments by saying that they speak for themselves.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the San Francisco Democrat, asked whether Sessions knew it was Trump's opinion that he would have fired FBI Director James Comey regardless of the official Justice Department recommendation when he signed his own letter recommending that Comey be fired.
“I guess I’ll just have to let his words speak for themselves," Sessions said.
Sessions, channeling Spicer: "I would let his words speak for themselves."
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions refused to answer Tuesday whether President Trump told him that James B. Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation was the reason he planned to fire the FBI director.
Sessions’ dodging of questions posed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California left it unclear whether the attorney general had honored his pledge to recuse himself from all matters involving the investigation of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The veteran Democratic senator pressed Sessions to explain why he wrote Trump a letter recommending the firing of Comey if he knew the president had already made up his mind, as Trump acknowledged in an NBC News interview.