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Trump and his allies stumble as Russia probe moves closer to the White House

Former CIA chief John Brennan testifies on May 23 about Trump and Russian election espionage

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN Trey Gowdy was just trying to help. But as they have for weeks, attempts to defend President Trump against the accelerating investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia just seem to make things worse. At a May 23 House Intelligence Committee hearing into the Russian operation against the 2016 presidential election, Gowdy asked former CIA chief John Brennan, who stepped down on Jan. 20,

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