Romney breaks with Trump claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election

Stefani Reynolds

Stefani Reynolds

"Sure, the intelligence neighborhood assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an affect marketing campaign in 2016 geared toward our presidential election", Hale informed the Senate Overseas Relations Committee.

"I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is any evidence of any kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections", he said, contrasting that with "ample evidence" of Russian interference.

The Ukraine interference conspiracy endorsed by Putin, Trump and now Kennedy, has been soundly debunked not only by US intelligence agencies, but also by a Republican-led Senate committee in 2017.

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.

"It does not serve our interests", Hale said.

"I am not", Hale said. I don't think they changed the outcome.

Graham has a record of disagreeing with Trump on military and intelligence issues, and usually sides with the military and the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) on national security concerns.

"Was the Kremlin's interference in our 2016 election a hoax?"

Twelve days after he said that, sources tell CNN, Chalupa met with staffers on the committee for a more-than-two-hour meeting covering a range of subjects, including why she was so alarmed in 2016 to learn that candidate Donald Trump had hired Paul Manafort, who worked with corrupt Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

A low-level DNC official did make contacts in 2016 to research Paul Manafort's ties in Ukraine - Manafort was then Trump's campaign manager - but the effort appears to have been brief.

USA intelligence officials have said that the conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, tried to interfere in the election was part of Russia's "yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow's own hacking of the 2016 election".

"It's much easier to defend President Trump's action on the merits if you can argue that there was a possibility that his request for an investigation was legitimate", former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele told the Examiner on Monday.

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