State Dept. undersecretary counters GOP claims Ukraine meddled in 2016

Republican Senator John Kennedy turned NBC's "Meet the Press" into "Meet the Propagandist" when he once again echoed Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump's debunked talking points claiming Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US elections.

USA intelligence concluded that Russian Federation manipulated social media among other actions in hopes of supporting Trump in 2016, although a probe by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller found no evidence that the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow.

"I am not", Hale replied.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) has gone back to touting President Trump's DNC-Ukraine conspiracy theory after retracting his claim last week.

That theory has been at the heart of Trump's justification for withholding aid to Ukraine in return for an investigation into Joe Biden, his chief Democratic rival in 2020 - a move to leverage U.S. government resources for personal political benefit that has triggered a House impeachment inquiry.

Kennedy then dismissed the public testimony of former NSC senior director Fiona Hill, who told the House Intelligence Committee last month that conspiracy theories about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election formed a "fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves".

The call has been central to the impeachment inquiry into Trump in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives.

"Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton", Burr told NBC News.

Burr's committee reportedly looked into those allegations, however, and found no evidence to support them.

A copy of the report reviewed in advance by CBS News and The New York Times argues that there are "valid" reasons to believe that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

Asked at a hearing by Democratic Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told NBC News that the theory had been debunked by US intelligence agencies. "I know that I've read that the Intelligence Committee made some kind of finding, I don't know what it was". "We have ample evidence that Russian Federation interfered in our elections", he said.



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