Wednesday, 11 December, 2019

Romney: No Evidence of Ukraine Election Meddling in '16

Sen. John Kennedy, arrives at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 4 2018 Sen. John Kennedy, arrives at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 4 2018
Deanna Wagner | 05 December, 2019, 01:32

In May 2017, a mere four months after Trump's inauguration as president, Graham said the only way for the U.S.to move on after the 2016 election is to take retaliatory action against Russian Federation for its interference in the presidential election.

"There is indisputable evidence that senior Ukrainian government officials opposed President Trump's candidacy in the 2016 election and did so publicly", according to a report unveiled Monday by Republicans on three House committees. Menendez followed up, echoing the president's own language, and eliciting a swift "no" from Hale.

Over the last few weeks, current and former White House officials testified before the House Intelligence Committee and debunked the baseless conspiracy theory that the government of Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"Do you have any reason to disagree with Dr. Hill?"

"I do not", he replied.

"That does not serve our interest", Hale answered.

"Any time there is information that indicates that any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right, but a duty to make sure we chase that down", he said during a press briefing in Foggy Bottom.

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Witnesses within the impeachment inquiry have testified that Giuliani ran a parallel diplomatic monitor with Ukraine in coordination with Trump, bypassing common channels.

Trump and Giuliani have found some support for their claims among other GOP lawmakers, who Hill lacerated in her public testimony for giving voice to the conspiracy theory.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) again broke with president Donald Trump to assert Russian Federation, and not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

When Fox News's Chris Wallace asked Sen.

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.

Hale was just the latest administration official to reject that argument.

"Our intelligence community and the representatives today from the Department of State indicate that there was not meddling by Ukraine in our election", Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.