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Politics 'Why are you parroting Russian propaganda?': Hillary Clinton slams Sen. Kennedy for Ukraine claim

07:15  03 december  2019
07:15  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton Bennet shares video of him in Iowa: 'I'm just chillin' in Cedar Rapids' Trump's culpability is greater than Nixon's Chuck Todd challenges John Kennedy on Ukraine : Putin is only other person 'selling this argument' MORE called out Sen .

GOP Sen . John Kennedy was taking heat on Monday, including from Hillary Clinton , for Despite Kennedy ’s most recent claim , there is no evidence that suggests the Ukraine government aided Clinton in 2016. Kennedy , why are you parroting Russian propaganda that U.S. intelligence

WASHINGTON –  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Sen. John Kennedy on Monday for "parroting Russian propaganda" after the Louisiana Republican said he believed "both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election." 

"Sen. Kennedy, why are you parroting Russian propaganda that U.S. intelligence officials tell us are designed to divide our country?" Clinton asked in a tweet. "Did you miss the briefing that day?" 

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" Sen . Kennedy , why are you parroting Russian propaganda that U.S. intelligence officials tell us are designed to divide our country?" In a contentious interview Sunday on "Meet the Press" on NBC News, the first-term Kennedy insisted: "I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election."

Kennedy apparently wasn’t. But how true is that allegation? How much does what these Republicans are alleging about Ukrainian interference align with Kremlin talking points? Hill said certain Ukrainians favored Hillary Clinton , but that it was not at Questions about why you are seeing this?

The briefing Clinton asked about was apparently a reference to a New York Times report, based on unnamed sources, which said U.S. intelligence officials had briefed senators that Russia had engaged in a "yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election." 

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The claims that Ukraine also intervened in 2016 is largely based on statements from Ukrainian officials who criticized Trump in the 2016 campaign for his apparently positive opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a comment that he might recognize Russian's annexation of Crimea.

They also point to a Ukrainian court's ruling that anti-corruption prosecutors acted illegally when they supplied evidence that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had not disclosed large payments he had received from a Ukrainian political party. And they said a DNC operative, Alexandra Chalupa, had reached out to Ukrainian officials about incriminating information on Manafort. 

‘Of course I’m joking’: Tucker Carlson and John Kennedy walk back their pro-Russia comments

  ‘Of course I’m joking’: Tucker Carlson and John Kennedy walk back their pro-Russia comments Carlson said he was "serious" about rooting for Russia, before he walked it back. Kennedy was asked a pretty simple question, and now says he misunderstood it. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson said Monday night that he was rooting for Russia in its conflict with Ukraine, only to insist later in his show that he was just joking. Also Monday night, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) took to CNN to insist that his suggestion the day before that it might have been Ukraine rather than Russia who hacked the Democrats in 2016 was just a misunderstanding.

GOP Sen . John Kennedy on Sunday said that both Russia and Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, despite the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment. Despite Kennedy ’s most recent claim , there is no “ Sen . Kennedy , why are you parroting Russian propaganda that U.S

Kennedy apparently wasn’t. But how true is that allegation? How much does what these Republicans are alleging about Ukrainian interference align with Hill said that certain Ukrainians favored Hillary Clinton , but that it was not at all comparable to what Russia did and that it wasn’t unusual for foreign

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The court ruled that the release of the Manafort information "resulted in meddling in the electoral process of the United States in 2016 and damaged the national interests of Ukraine," according to The New York Times

But despite his supporters' claims, when Trump has directly addressed his concerns about 2016, he has referred to a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, and not Russia, hacked the DNC. 

Clinton's claim that Kennedy was repeating Russian disinformation came after former National Security Council official Fiona Hill warned lawmakers at an open hearing in the impeachment inquiry last month that the idea that Ukraine, and not Russia, was behind 2016 election interference was a "fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves." 

John Kennedy and the GOP alliance with Russian propaganda

  John Kennedy and the GOP alliance with Russian propaganda Just how much do the GOP’s Ukraine talking points echo Russia’s?On Sunday, for the second time in two weekends, Republican Sen. John Neely Kennedy (La.) spouted what U.S. officials have characterized as Russian propaganda about 2016 election interference. After suggesting Ukraine rather than Russia might have hacked the Democrats in 2016 — and then recanting — he took to another show this weekend and said that he believes “both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.

Kennedy apparently wasn’t. But how true is that allegation? How much does what these Republicans are alleging about Ukrainian interference align with Hill said that certain Ukrainians favored Hillary Clinton , but that it was not at all comparable to what Russia did and that it wasn’t unusual for foreign

Sen . John Kennedy , R-La., on Sunday accused former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of 'actively' working for Hillary Clinton during her You 're viewing YouTube in Russian . You can change this preference below. The Morning Joe panel discusses GOP parroting of Putin's talking points.

During an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Kennedy told host Chuck Todd that he had received no briefing about Russian propaganda, and that while Hill is "entitled to her opinion," Ukrainian meddling in the election had been "well documented" in reports from various news sources. 

Kennedy said, "the prime minister of Ukraine, the interior minister, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, the head of the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption League, all meddled in the election on social media and otherwise." And he claimed that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko "actively worked for Secretary Clinton." 

Todd asked Kennedy if the Senator was concerned that he had been "duped." 

"You have done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do," said a disbelieving Todd.

"No," Kennedy said. "Just read the articles." 

Their exchange occurred after Todd asked Kennedy about the uproar he caused last month in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" in which he said did not know if Ukraine or Russia had been behind the cybertheft of emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, despite the U.S. intelligence community's unanimous conclusion that Russia was behind the attack. 

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  Opinions | What to do about the Kremlin’s propagandists Sen. John Neely Kennedy is the worst of the bunch.Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) once before walked back an assertion that maybe Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election. That has not deterred him from repeating the Kremlin’s propaganda. Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he was at it again. When moderator Chuck Todd asked him if he was not simply doing Russia’s dirty work, Kennedy responded, “I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.

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The next day, Kennedy admitted on CNN that he "was wrong" about that, explaining he had misunderstood the question. He clarified that there was "overwhelming" evidence Russia was behind the DNC hack. But he said that when it came to 2016 interference in general, "Ukraine did try to interfere, along with Russia and probably others." 

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Kennedy is far from the lone Republican on Capitol Hill to take up the argument that both Ukraine and Russia could have meddled in 2016 as they try to defend Trump in the impeachment inquiry into allegations that he used military aid as leverage and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine into opening two investigations that stood to benefit him politically: one into the ties between former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, and a Ukrainian energy company, the other into alleged Ukrainian election interference in 2016. 

Trump's defenders have denied the president leveraged military aid and have said his call for the two investigations were rooted in legitimate concerns.   

Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, took issues with Hill's assertion that Republicans were denying Russian meddling and said "it is entirely possible for two separate nations to engage in election meddling at the same time."  

After Hill's testimony, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said she was "correct that Russia tried to interfere" in 2016, but added that "also, Ukrainians tried to interfere." 

"I'm concerned about both," he said. 

Similarly, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that "there are plenty of ways to interfere in an election" and that Trump wanted "to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016" to avoid future election meddling. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Why are you parroting Russian propaganda?': Hillary Clinton slams Sen. Kennedy for Ukraine claim

Lindsey Graham says he's '1,000% confident' Russia meddled in 2016 US election -- not Ukraine .
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday said he is "1,000% confident" that Russia, not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, breaking from President Donald Trump and others in his party who have pushed the discredited conspiracy theory. © Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) "It was the Russians. I'm 1,000% confident that the hack of the DNC was by Russian operatives, no one else," the South Carolina senator told reporters on Capitol Hill. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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