High US profession diplomat rejects Ukraine meddling concept

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

"I'm 1,000 percent certain that the Russians interfered in our election", he asserted.

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.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., pressed Hale on the latter point, because it is a key argument made by President Donald Trump and his supporters to explain why the administration withheld military aid amid the president's requests the country investigate its part in the US election. "This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves".

Hale said he had no reason to doubt testimony by former White House expert Fiona Hill, who told the impeachment inquiry into Trump that the Ukrainian meddling theory was propaganda spread by Russian Federation.

Despite privately expressing skepticism regarding the claims, a growing number of Republicans in Congress have made the strategic decision to publicly back the claim, believing it to be the most "politically expedient" Trump defense against impeachment, according to the Washington Examiner. A day after telling Wallace that Ukraine had interfered in the election, Kennedy told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that he had misunderstood Wallace's question and his response had been mistaken.

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

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Trump and Giuliani have found some support for their claims among other GOP lawmakers, who Hill lacerated in her public testimony for giving voice to the conspiracy theory.

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.

Following the hearing, Sen.

"Our intelligence community and the representatives today from the Department of State indicate that there was not meddling by Ukraine in our election", Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

That conclusion was borne out in special counsel Robert Mueller's almost two-year investigation into 2016 election interference, and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee separately found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin's efforts to help Trump win in 2016.

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