Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is lying about Ukraine election interference because Republicans can’t defend Trump.
Sen. Murphy said on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports:
Nobody knows Ukraine better than I do. I’ve been there about five or six times. It’s a hornet’s nest of political rivalries but it is simply a lie to say that the Ukrainian government and President Poroshenko himself meddled in the 2016 election that is made up out of whole cloth and there is no credible reporting to support it and there is no one in the American intelligence community who has come to that conclusion.
This is just another attempt by Republicans to throw as much chum into the water as they can with respect to the impeachment proceedings because they cannot actually defend the president on the merits. They know that the President Of The United States used the massive power of the oval office in order to try to get a foreign government to interfere in an American election, to help destroy the president’s political opponents and that he withheld aid and a meeting at the White House in order to get that interference.
They don’t want to talk about the facts. They don’t want to try to defend the president’s actions. So they’re going to try to bring third parties into this debate whether it be the whistleblower or President Poroshenko, but this is a fact, Ukraine didn’t interfere in the election, Russia did. It is sad to watch my friends in the U.S. Senate so willingly avoid the truth.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) says Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is lying about Ukraine interfering in the 2016 election. pic.twitter.com/KvnftVqKws
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 2, 2019
Sen. Kennedy lied about having proof that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. Kennedy was pushing a Russian propaganda conspiracy theory that was designed to clear the Russians while smearing the Ukrainians. Everything that Sen. Kennedy said was not true.
Republicans have adopted Russian propaganda because they are trying to use it to give Trump a motive for his actions. The problem is that it isn’t true, and those outside of the Trump bubble know it is not true, so Republicans aren’t clearing Trump. They are confirming that they have sold themselves to Putin.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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