The Senate intelligence committee will grill Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon, just as a slew of new questions about him have bubbled to the top of the Russia probes. There are lots of questions for Sessions. Here are six.
1. How many times did Sessions meet with Sergey Kislyak? Sessions recused himself from overseeing the federal probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials just a day after The Washington Post reported that he had two undisclosed meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. But reports of a possible third meeting between Sessions and Kislyak have occupied congressional investigators since then.
2. Why did Comey assume Sessions would recuse himself earlier than he did? While answering questions about why he didn't alert other officials about Trump's request that he end his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey said that FBI officials long expected Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe.
3. Will Sessions invoke executive privilege? The view of the U.S. attorney general coming before a group of aggressive senators may paint a picture similar to the media bonanza of Comey's blockbuster hearing last week. But it's more likely to resemble the public hearing that happened just a day before Comey, where four top intelligence officials were grilled mercilessly but offered little information.
4. What is Sessions' relationship with Trump in reality? Sessions and Trump have been close allies for more than a year. Sessions was Trump's earliest supporter in the Senate and his top staff became some of Trump's most important advisers.
5. Why was Sessions involved in the firing of Comey if he had stepped aside from the Russia probe? Sessions stepped aside from the Russia probe on March 2. But, two months later, he was involved in the firing of the FBI official overseeing that probe.
6. Would Sessions support firing Mueller? Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy rang the alarms Monday, saying that Trump was seriously considering firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal Russia probe. But since the President cannot directly fire the special counsel, the question lands squarely at the feet of Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.