One of Trump’s enduring conspiracy theories is that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election against him, not Russia.
The false claim not only helps Trump dismiss Russian interference in 2016 – it also helps Putin, who regards the Ukrainian government as a foe.
Now we know it’s false because even Republican Senators looked into the claim and found nothing.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, looked into the theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections.
But the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee thoroughly investigated that theory, according to people with direct knowledge of the inquiry, and found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin’s efforts to help Trump win in 2016.
Why this matters
As recently as last month, Republican Senators were claiming that Ukraine’s previous government worked with Clinton.
“The fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that [ex-Ukrainian leader] President Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary Clinton,” Republican Sen. John Kennedy said in an interview with NBC recently. A few days later he withdrew the claim.
Other GOP Senators have also helped President Trump spread the false claim. But they have no evidence to show for it now.
Sen. Kennedy, why are you parroting Russian propaganda that U.S. intelligence officials tell us are designed to divide our country? Did you miss the briefing that day? https://t.co/mzmMYHTlSp
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2019