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Republicans are finding it hard to play defense

Republicans are finding it hard to play defense

Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia's election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense.

House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How successful those investigations were is a debate for historians. But the fact remains they had the whip in hand while the Democrats were held hostage to the political necessity of defending the administration. The GOP still has the majority, but it must now protect the administration — run by a president who doesn't always make that task simple.

With pained expressions, Republicans, led by Chairman Devin Nunes, a...