Among the United States Intelligence Agencies, there is no doubt that the Russians meddled in the 2016 US elections. The Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency have all said that there is high probability that Russia was the culprit.
The most recent messaging from the GOP, however, is trying to place blame on the Ukraine rather than Russia. Senator John Kennedy attempted to make this argument while appearing on Chris Wallace’s show this Sunday. The Fox News host then reproached the Louisiana lawmaker for his claims.
Wallace asked the lawmaker, “Senator Kennedy, who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign computers — their emails? Was it Russia or Ukraine?”
WOW #SHAME !
WALLACE: Senator Kennedy, who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC & Clinton campaign? Russia or Ukraine?
KENNEDY: I don't know. Nor do you.
W: The entire intel community says it was Russia.
K: Right. But it could be Ukraine.pic.twitter.com/ik4dQ6b6RC
— Bill Maxwell 🌊 #CountryOverParty (@Bill_Maxwell_) November 24, 2019
The Louisiana senator pushed back, “Right, but it could also be Ukraine. ‘m not saying that I know one way or the other.”
The Fox host then brought up the recent testimony of National Security expert Fiona Hill. This week, Hill told lawmakers, “The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016,” she added. “This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.”
Kennedy again dismissed Wallace’s argument saying that Republicans haven’t been able to push back against Hill’s claims.