Trump’s defense of Russia will likely feature at the hearing for Tillerson, who has deep ties to the country.
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Senate confirmation hearings this week for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for top jobs – from secretary of state to attorney general – should provide a test of his ability to work with fellow Republicans in Congress to enact his agenda.Five more nominees have hearings Wednesday, the same day Trump is to stage in New York his first news conference since being elected president.Nominees have held more than 300 meetings with U.S. senators and met 87 of the 100 members of the Senate, including 37 Democrats.Transition officials believe some Democratic senators facing potentially tough re-election bids in 2018 in states that Trump won, such as U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, might be more willing to give Trump's nominees the benefit of the doubt.Tillerson's hearing could be one of the more contentious sessions since Trump wants to warm up relations with Russia despite its use of cyberhacking, according to U.S. intelligence, to try to tilt the U.S. election for Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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