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Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.

 

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Martha Dalton / WABE

After weeks of silence, former Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Yates is expected to talk to members of Congress about contacts between Russia and members of the Trump administration during the presidential transition period.  

Yates will testify before a Senate panel Monday.  

She was acting U.S. attorney general in the final months of the Obama administration and in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

The FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election, according to FBI Director James Comey.

Comey is testified at a highly politically charged congressional examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. He acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he'd been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.