State Dept. undersecretary counters GOP claims Ukraine meddled in 2016

25 2019 US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York

Ukraine President Denies Quid Pro Quo With Donald Trump

"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", Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.

"For the first time in history, this committee will weigh impeachment without any evidence for us to review".

Defenders of Trump, facing a House impeachment inquiry, have insisted that the president had legitimate reasons to ask Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate allegations that his country, not Russian Federation, intervened in the 2016 elections.

Menendez asked Hale whether USA national security "was made stronger or weaker if members of the administration or members of Congress insist on repeating debunked Russian lies".

"That does not serve our interest", the diplomat responded.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., excoriated Republican lawmakers on Monday for "increasingly outlandish claims" that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, calling it "a lie spread by Vladimir Putin". I think that's just about fairness. "And I think they do talk about these things".

House Republicans have also pushed the narrative that Ukraine was opposed to Trump and worked against him in 2016.

Nunes' new report summarized Republicans' arguments that Trump was within his authority to act in the way he did; that Democrats haven't proved that Trump committed "bribery" or any other impeachable crime, as charged; and that Democrats are simply acting out of partisan animus.

"I don't know these people". Some Ukrainian officials also did speak publicly in opposition to Trump but there was no Ukrainian government effort to undermine the then-candidate, intelligence officials have said. The complaint, based on second-hand information, claimed President Trump appeared to have signaled that he would withhold aid unless the probes were conducted - something the president and Zelensky have repeatedly denied.

Biden's father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading presidential contender. The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its report detailing how the President sought political gain through his dealings with Ukraine.

Zelenskiy, a former comedian turned politician, has been in office for barely six months and his conversations with Trump are the topic of intense scrutiny in the US, with their July 25 phone call at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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