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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, on Monday morning defended the President-elect's comments casting doubt on conclusions from the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections and dismissed the reports as just another excuse for Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential race.

"First it was Jim Comey’s fault, then 'Let’s have a recount' that wasted millions of dollars and everybody’s time that went nowhere, then it’s Russian interference, then it’s a bunch of people in a movement that we have disavowed many times," Conway said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "How about it was just Hillary Clinton and the message?"

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Donald Trump on Monday morning continued to dismiss reports that the CIA concluded that Russian hackers tried to help Trump win the 2016 election, casting doubt on the CIA's findings with a false claim that the issue was not reported before the November election.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a critic of former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, said on Sunday that he would oppose Bolton's nomination as the No. 2 leader in the State Department.

Trump is reportedly considering Bolton to serve as the deputy secretary of state under Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week," Paul said that he would oppose Bolton's nomination to serve under Tillerson.

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Following reports that Donald Trump is expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, some Republicans in the Senate indicated that they may oppose his confirmation due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tillerson's connections to Russia dates back years. He struck a deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft in 2011 to access the country's oil resources in the Arctic, prompting Putin to award Tillerson the Order of Friendship honor. Tillerson has also spoken out against the sanctions the U.S. imposed on Russia after the country invaded the Crimea.

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As Donald Trump continued to dismiss reports that the CIA has concluded that Russian hackers interfered in the 2016 United States election, a bipartisan group of senators on Sunday called for a Congress to look into the reports.

"For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) said in a statement from the Armed Services Committee.

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In an interview that aired Sunday, Donald Trump acknowledged that he doesn't receive intelligence briefings every day, arguing that he's "smart" enough to only receive them occasionally.

"I get it when I need it," Trump said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked how often he gets intelligence briefings. "You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."

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Donald Trump's transition team is looking to identify staffers at the Energy Department who worked on climate policy under the Obama administration, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

Transition advisers asked the Energy Department to provide a list of employees and contractors who attended United Nations meetings on climate and those who worked on metrics regarding the administration's rules regulating carbon emissions, according to Bloomberg News.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will meet with Donald Trump in Trump Tower on Friday, transition officials confirmed to members of the President-elect press pool.

During the meeting, Ryan and Trump will discuss legislative priorities for Trump's first few months in office, according to Politico.

Ryan has previously said that that he speaks with Trump "virtually every single day."

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, on Friday morning defended the President-elect's decision to stay on as an executive producer of NBC's "The Apprentice," comparing the move to President Obama's time playing golf.

"He's a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he's doing and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts to tell him what he is allowed to do and not to do as president of the United States. And if this is one of the approved activities, then he will perhaps consider staying on," Conway said on CNN's "New Day" when first asked why Trump won't completely leave his reality television show.

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