Russia, not Ukraine, intervened in 2016 election, top Trump official tells Menendez

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That Republicans were witting tools of Russian intelligence was revealed by Dr. Fiona Hill, a former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs, who testified at the House's Trump's impeachment hearings in November.

Mitt Romney (R-UT) have come out to push back on the claims, as Romney told reporters on Tuesday, "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 Ukraine interfered in our elections". "Clearly people in other countries watch our politics and pull for one candidate or another, but the nation that interfered in our elections and that made a concerted effort to influence elections and to hack elections was Russian Federation".

"No", he replied when Menendez requested him if Russian meddling within the election was a "hoax", a phrase usually utilized by Trump.

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

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.

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

Some Republicans have defended President Donald Trump's demand for political investigations in Ukraine by stating that his government tried to sabotage his candidacy and boost Hillary Clinton in 2016. I don't think they changed the outcome. He then asked Hale if the U.S. national security. UU. To Graham's dismay, this false narrative is now being championed by his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate as they strive to defend Trump against impeachment.

Speaking alongside the visiting prime minister of Sweden, Zelenskiy also said he would discuss holding local elections in the eastern Donbass region at the summit, insisting these be held under Ukrainian law and with Ukrainian candidates. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has been pushing for USA aid for Ukraine since 2014 and said he isn't convinced that Ukraine was involved.

Biden's father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading presidential contender.

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