Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee (AP's J. Scott Applewhite)

A couple passages from yesterday's Sessions hearing that you may hear about again:

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, top Dem on Senate Intel, lays out a marker on pardons: "[S]ince you've recused yourself from this investigation, ... if the president or others would pardon someone during the midst of ... our investigation or Director Mueller's investigation, that would be, I would think, problematic."

Sessions: "I appreciate the opportunity to respond to questions as fully as the Lord enables me to do so."

To Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): "If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can. ... I'm not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous."

To Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), on whether the Russians interfered with the 2016 election: "It appears so. The intelligence community seems to be united in that."

To Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on whether he knows if Trump records conversations: "I do not."

On whether there'd be an obligation to preserve such records: "I don't know, Senator Rubio. Probably so."

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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.