Trump Ally, GOP Senator Goes Against Him: Debunks Claims On Russia, Ukraine

President Trump Chuck Todd interviews Sen. John Kennedy right on “Meet the Press” on Sunday

President Trump Chuck Todd interviews Sen. John Kennedy right on “Meet the Press” on Sunday

With House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump centering on the allegation that he withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations while Ukraine was at war with Russian Federation, this latest news suggests rank and file Congressional Republicans have concluded that even with a dearth of supporting evidence, publicly deriding Ukraine for interfering in the election will provide a veneer of legitimacy to the Trump-requested investigations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday that he wanted to agree an exchange with Russia of all remaining prisoners when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Paris next week.

"I'm 1,000 percent certain that the Russians interfered in our election", he asserted. Menendez followed up, echoing the president's own language, and eliciting a swift "no" from Hale.

Ukraine, which depends on USA army help to battle Russian-backed separatists, has dismissed any suggestion of United States election interference.

After more back and forth, Menendez returned to the subject.

"Is our national security made stronger or weaker when members of the administration or members of Congress insist on repeating debunked Russian lies?"

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

Witnesses within the impeachment inquiry have testified that Giuliani ran a parallel diplomatic monitor with Ukraine in coordination with Trump, bypassing common channels.

The Ukraine interference conspiracy endorsed by Putin, Trump and now Kennedy, has been soundly debunked not only by US intelligence agencies, but also by a Republican-led Senate committee in 2017.

But the Senate Intelligence Committee, controlled by Republicans, thoroughly investigated that theory, according to people with direct knowledge of the investigation, and found no evidence that Ukraine undertook a top-down interference campaign similar to Russia's help Trump win in 2016, Politico reported.

Asked at a hearing by Democratic Sen.

"I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is any evidence of any kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections", Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.