Democratic senator probes Tillerson’s ties to Putin in confirmation hearing

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin probed Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson about his reported ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday during Tillerson’s confirmation hearing.

In his opening statement, Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern over President-elect Donald Trump’s stated position on Russia and about the man he chose to lead the State Department.

“We need to stand up to this bully in Moscow and increase the cost for...

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