Tillerson is no stranger to lawmakers on Capitol Hill as head of Exxon Mobil; but lawmakers are also no strangers to questions about U.S. policy with Russia, which has bubbled up in recent months over the elections.
As one might expect, Democrats demanded hearings and a fuller public explanation from the Intelligence Community about Russia's actions.
"An investigation must begin as soon as possible on any evidence Russia actively worked to hijack our election," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
"I again call on the GOP Congress to hold hearings immediately," said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA).
While Democrats pressed for answers, a number of Republicans downplayed the Russian election story, raising eyebrows about suggestions that the Russians helped President-Elect Trump.
"Be skeptical of any claims from anonymous officials," said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).
On Friday, the Trump Transition team blistered the CIA over reports that U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump win in November.
"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," the Trump Transition said in a written statement issued Friday.
A senior intelligence official told me on Saturday there would be no public reaction to Trump's statement, as former officials mulled over the situation.
For the President-Elect's team, there was nothing here to see.
"It's time to move on," the Transition said.