Key takeaways from Attorney General Sessions' testimony

"I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said.

That response came after a sudden burst of chatter about Mueller's termination.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a spokesman for Trump's legal team, Mark Corallo, said.

No one but Mueller and his team know how the Russian Federation investigations will move forward, but one thing's for sure - it's going to take time, probably years.

He added that any assertion that he did not honestly answer the question at the confirmation hearing is "false".

Sklansky: Certainly the fact that Trump says he'd be willing to testify doesn't mean that he will. He also said Comey had overstepped his authority as Federal Bureau of Investigation director when he asserted that "no reasonable prosecutor" would pursue charges against her based on the evidence available.

LIASSON: So he's pushing back pretty hard against the idea that he could be ordered to fire - that he would follow orders to fire Mueller. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign. "So I think the best advice will be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

JEFF SESSIONS: It appears so. He deflected a question about whether he knew the president had already made up his mind, as Trump has confirmed, and then said he couldn't discuss their private conversations.

In some of the most heated moments, Democrats disputed the attorney general's assertions that his conversations with the president could be kept private, even though the White House wasn't claiming executive privilege. But I have to tell you, Senator King, I know nothing but what I've read in the paper. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice", the attorney general said.

In this hearing, she asked Sessions what was his legal basis for refusing to answer questions about his communications with President Trump. Whether you accept that the reason was Comey's handling of the Clinton emails (as stated in Rosenstein's letter) or the Russian Federation investigation (as Trump later confessed), Sessions did not abide by the plain wording of the recusal.

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing. Trump was furious that Comey refused to kill an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., took a different view, telling the attorney general, "You're impeding this investigation".

"I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian ambassador or any other Russian officials", he said.

In the gaggle on Air Force One on Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the President wasn't able to watch "much of it", but from "what he did see and what he heard, he thought that attorney general Sessions did a very good job and in particular was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign". However, he said there's no legal statute allowing him to exercise an option No. 4 - avoid testifying about questions he feels are inappropriate. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. In the original recusal announcement, the attorney general said he would distance himself from investigations relating to both 2016 campaigns, not just Trump's. "(Now Democrats) have gone down lots of rabbit trails", Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton said.

The chief law enforcement officer of the United States was never briefed on Russia's hacking of one of its major political parties, or any other efforts by Russian Federation to mess with the elections - past and future. And it's conceivable that that occurred.

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

One thing he was adamant about is that he would never have colluded with a foreign adversary, in an American election. "I was your colleague in this body for 20 years, at least some of you, and the suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, to hurt this country which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie".