Politics Lindsey Graham says he's '1,000% confident' Russia meddled in 2016 US election -- not Ukraine
Despite Fiona Hill warning, Sen. John Kennedy says Ukraine may be behind 2016 DNC hack
Sen. John Kennedy said that despite the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia hacked the DNC in 2016, "it could also be Ukraine."During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked Kennedy if he believed Russia or Ukraine was behind the computer hack.
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.
"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.
He reiterated his stance to CNN saying, "I've got no doubt that it was the Russians who stole the DNC emails. It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and (John) Podesta and all that good stuff."
Pompeo refuses to say what he and Giuliani talked about in newly disclosed calls
The State Department released emails Friday showing that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke by phone twice in late March.The State Department released emails late Friday night showing that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke by phone in late March, as Giuliani was ramping up pressure on Ukrainian officials to open two investigations that would benefit Trump politically. The documents, turned over after a court ordered the State Department to comply with a freedom of information request, do not reveal the subject or context of the two Pompeo-Giuliani conversations.
Graham continued later in the same interview: "So as to the Ukraine, they had zero to do with the hacking of the DNC and the stealing of the emails. Whether or not people from the Ukraine met with DNC operatives, I don't know. All I've seen is press reports that no one has validated."
His comments come as the impeachment probe into Trump and Ukraine moves into the next phase. The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesdaydetailing how the President sought political gain through his dealings with Ukraine. The House Judiciary Committee will hold its on Wednesday.
Graham, a staunch defender of Trump, hasthe Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. The President and his allies have insisted that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
US intelligence officials have told lawmakers that Russia has been engaging in a years-long effort to shift the blame of Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential election to Ukraine, a message that was echoed during public testimony byand other witnesses in the impeachment probe.
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Trump lashed out against Democrats on Twitter after they announced articles of impeachment accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.In social media, television interviews, and public statements, Trump and his aides denounced the impeachment charges as baseless and politically motivated, and claimed he would be vindicated in a Senate trial.
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