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Republicans use Russia hearing to defend Trump, talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails

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Republicans use Russia hearing to defend Trump, talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails

Instead of pursuing the facts, Republicans spouted Trump talking points.

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It was easy to forget the Senate hearing on Monday featuring former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was supposed to be about Russia’s meddling in the election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got things started with a line of questioning that echoed Trump talking points about “unmasking” — a talking point rooted in Trump supporters’ desire to defend the president’s baseless accusation that President Obama wiretapped him.

The “unmasking” claims have been thoroughly debunked. Last month, both Republican and Democratic sources told multiple news outlets that the intelligence community’s...

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