[UPDATE BELOW] Jeff Sessions has had to take time out from his busy marijuana-murdering schedule today to address calls for his dismissal over the revelation that he lied under oath to Congress about meeting with Russian officials, which is just the peskiest little thing! The good news is, President Trump says he has "total" confidence in ol' Jeffy, or so he told reporters today. Of course, the last time someone said this about a Cabinet pick things didn't go so well...

Trump, who spent the day touring the USS Gerald R. Ford, was asked by CNN reporter Jim Acosta about the news that Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during Trump's campaign, despite telling Congress he "did not have communications with the Russians." Acosta asked Trump if he still had confidence in Sessions; Trump replied, "Total." He also noted that he "wasn't aware" of any contact Sessions had with Kislyak and said he thinks Sessions "probably did" testify truthfully, which is confusing, but okay. And when asked if Sessions should recuse himself from further investigations into Russian interference, Trump said, "I don't think so."

So, Trump is standing by his man—for now. Other Republicans—notably Representative Jason Chaffetz, Senator Rob Portman, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senator Lindsey Graham, have suggested Sessions recuse himself from the Department of Justice probe into Russian connections to the Trump campaign, though Trump, for some reason, does not appear to share their concern. Meanwhile, Democrats are calling for Sessions to step down altogether:

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman noted the mere fact that Sessions appears to have lied under oath is a fireable offense:

Indeed, the Sessions criticism appears to be rather bipartisan:

When it was revealed former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn had illicit contact with Kislyak—same guy!—over Russian sanctions prior to Trump's inauguration, Kellyanne Conway told reporters Flynn had Trump's "full confidence." Flynn was promptly dismissed.

Sessions will hold a press conference at 4 p.m.

Update 4:18 p.m.: At a press conference this afternoon, Sessions confirmed he would recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Though Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham cheered Sessions for the move, critics say recusal is not enough. As Think Progress points out, Sessions can still pressure investigators within the DOJ, even if he is not technically part of the investigation. Think Progress suggests, as has been urged by a number of Democrats, that Sessions either step down or that Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente appoint a special counsel to investigate both Russian interference and Sessions' ties to Russia.