Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia overshadow confirmation hearings

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At confirmation hearings, Mike Pompeo and James Mattis both sounded warnings over Russia’s growing global ambitions in light of the leaked dossier

Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency sided with intelligence officials who accuse Moscow of attempting to skew the US election on Thursday, as the rift between Trump and his spy chiefs intensified barely a week before the president-elect takes office.

Mike Pompeo’s comments to the Senate intelligence committee came amid an increasingly bitter row between Trump and the American spying agencies, which he has accused of leaking a dossier of salacious allegations against him.

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