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In town halls in Kansas and Minnesota, Democrats will try to hammer on a theme they’ve been harping on for months: Trump’s Russia-collusion doubts

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“The top priority, he [President Trump] said, is to give people their voices back,” Steve Israel, the Democratic congressman from Long Island and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said at a morning breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal. “This morning we hope to hear from voters about what’s broken in Washington and what needs to be fixed.”

That has been the regular pecking order in congressional town hall debates. Democrats, an era of “carpet-bombing” back into office, meet voters, get their ideas on the legislative agenda and put them out there. Republicans meet voters and try to hear what they have to say — and find ways to protect the president — on the legislative agenda. That’s been the routine in some Congressional town halls — Democratic challenger Lisa Walsh at a recent one pointed out to Mr. Jones that she had a “congressional history” of defending the president.

Then there’s Tuesday. On the House side, Mr. Israel said, “we will be hearing from constituents about what’s broken in Washington,” from the erosion of the Russia investigation, the size of a wall and whether voters want to see the full Kavanaugh record released or just the gist. “If [the president] called for restraint and patience,” he said, “we will hear something like the FBI’s investigation of Porter.”

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