Romney's comments underscored a divide among Republicans, some of whom are staunchly defending Trump and others who are persuaded by findings of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation was behind systemic attempts to meddle in the 2016 election. "No one else", declared Graham, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2015 as a Colonel after 33 years of meritorious service.
"I think many of my Democratic friends think that this somehow undermines their impeachment taste against the president - I'm not sure why because the Ukrainian government, not the people, but the government, and everybody knows this, it's well-documented, it's historically and organically corrupt", he added. "All I've seen is press reports and nobody's validated those reports", he continued. "It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and (John) Podesta and all that good stuff".
Republican Senator John Kennedy turned NBC's "Meet the Press" into "Meet the Propagandist" when he once again echoed Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump's debunked talking points claiming Ukraine interfered in the 2016 USA elections.
"I am not", Hale said. "They did try to undercut Clinton". I don't think they changed the outcome.
"There is indisputable evidence that senior Ukrainian government officials opposed President Trump's candidacy in the 2016 election and did so publicly", according to a report unveiled Monday by Republicans on three House committees.
Further casting doubt on the GOP theory of Ukraine engaging in a coordinated attack on the USA election, Politico reported this week that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee already investigated the possibility and didn't find the evidence it was looking for.
House Republicans have also pushed the narrative that Ukraine was opposed to Trump and worked against him in 2016. Not only is he no relation to the assassinated Democrat President, Kennedy voicing Russian propaganda has no relation to the Republican party of old that Ronald Reagan best represented.
"Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russian Federation and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country - and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did", said Hill. They also claim Ukraine hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and computer records were falsified to blame Russian Federation.