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'We All Need Answers': George W. Bush Speaks Out on Trump's Russia Scandal, Travel Ban

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush says "we all need answers" in regards to any contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping world leaders in check.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Bush said he would trust Senate Intelligence panel chairman Richard Burr to decide if a special prosecutor is necessary to investigate the Trump administration. But, Bush said, "I think we all need answers... I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered."

Bush also defended the media's role in keeping leaders in check, noting "power can be addictive." He said: "It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves."

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