Published: Thu, December 05, 2019

Trump Ally, GOP Senator Goes Against Him: Debunks Claims On Russia, Ukraine

Trump Ally, GOP Senator Goes Against Him: Debunks Claims On Russia, Ukraine

Unlike some of his Republican colleagues, Senator Mitt Romney disagrees with the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US elections.

"Yes, the intelligence community assessed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016, aimed at our presidential election", Hale said. Menendez followed up, echoing the president's own language, and eliciting a swift "no" from Hale. "I have no knowledge that the Ukraine did anything to interfere with our elections other than press reports and to suggest that we know that I think would be a stretch because I don't think anybody knows that".

Hale stated he had no cause to doubt testimony by former White Home knowledgeable Fiona Hill, who informed the impeachment inquiry into Trump that the Ukrainian meddling concept was propaganda unfold by Russian Federation.

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee last month, Dr. Fiona Hill, who had been the Russian expert on the National Security Council, called the allegation "a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves". Menendez asked Hale on Tuesday.

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

And Trump, too, has continued pushing the debunked claims that have formed - in part - the basis of his criticisms of Ukraine and set off the series of events resulting in the impeachment inquiry winding its way through the House.

While U.S. intelligence services have repeatedly pointed to Russian Federation as the entity behind the DNC hack, some Republicans and Trump media allies have pushed unvetted claims about Ukraine also being involved in an attempt to justify the president's delay of $400 in military aid to the country.

Following the hearing, Sen.

But the Senate Intelligence Committee, controlled by Republicans, thoroughly investigated that theory, according to people with direct knowledge of the investigation, and found no evidence that Ukraine undertook a top-down interference campaign similar to Russia's help Trump win in 2016, Politico reported.

"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.

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