It was like two different hearings in one.
Democrats quizzed former Obama administration officials on Russia, how former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had been "compromised" and how the White House officials conducted themselves when confronted with the information.
Republicans wanted to know how the information got out in the first place.
It was striking watching the two distinct focuses on a topic — national security — that shouldn't be so hotly partisan.
And the data bear out the different approaches.
Democrats asked 3 1/2 times more questions than Republicans on Russia, Flynn and the White House's conduct (142 versus 40).
Republicans, meanwhile, were focused on leaks and the practice known as "unmasking," when an intelligence official asks for an American's name to be re-created after being swept up in incidental surveillance of a foreign target. For example, when an incoming national security adviser is speaking on the phone with an ambassador from Russia.
Republicans asked 65 questions on leaks and unmasking; Democrats — zero.
Democrats used the words "Russia(ns)" or "Flynn" 170 times; Republicans just 56. (They only said Flynn's name eight time total, when Democrats did so 75.)
No Republican contradicted the veracity of the information brought forth by Sally Yates, who served as acting attorney general in Trump's first month. She said she warned the White House that Flynn lied to the vice president about his conversation with the Russian ambassador that came the same day former President Obama leveled sanctions against Russian officials for Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Flynn was left in the job, with all of his clearances, for 18 days after Yates met with White House counsel Don McGahn. He was only let go after the information became public through news reports.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein handed out a timeline of Flynn's involvement with Trump as the hearing began. (NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben also did one back in February after Flynn left the White House.)
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin pointed out some of the things Flynn was involved with in those 18 days when he was seen as compromised and able to be blackmailed, as Yates put it.
"Flynn continued to hire key senior staff on the National Security Council," Durbin said, "announced new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe along with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and participated in discussions about responding to a North Korean missile launch and spoke repeatedly to the press about his communications with Russian Ambassador Kislyak."
Below are some questions that highlight the different approaches by Republicans and Democrats at Monday's hearing:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California:
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois:
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware:
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina:
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa:
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas:
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas:
Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana:
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