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Russia looms large over Senate confirmation hearings | The daily briefing

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Justice department scrutinizes FBI over Clinton email inquiry; WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping; and the San Diego Chargers prepare to move Donald Trump’s picks to lead the CIA and the Department of Defense both sounded warnings over Russia’s growing global ambitions during their confirmation hearings before the Senate on Thursday. Mike Pompeo, Trump’s choice for CIA director, sided with intelligence officials who accuse Moscow of attempting to skew the US election. His comments came amid an increasingly bitter row between Trump and US intelligence agencies. James Mattis, Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense, told the Senate armed services committee that
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