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If you were writing a pitch for a Hollywood series about the roiling investigation of the Trump campaign's possible dealings with Russian operatives, you might describe it as "Billions" meets "The Americans".Trump has a similar scorched-earth approach to dealing with his adversaries, which is part of why he's in growing difficulty in the Russia investigation.Trump's defiance has put his presidency on a collision course with Congress and the FBI.As Trump's associates are learning, Russian diplomats and top business leaders often perform an intelligence function, too.But we should remember, when we read stories about Russian intelligence contacts with the Trump team (or anyone else), this is raw information -– and often unreliable. Russian diplomats, intelligence operatives and business executives routinely boast about their contacts – inflating their access and information.State Department officials have been unfairly tarred by such surveillance, as when the FBI pursued false claims that a U.S. diplomat in Pakistan had been recruited as a spy.
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