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Russia, not Ukraine, intervened in 2016 election, top Trump official tells Menendez

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Stefani Reynolds

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday said he is "1,000% confident" that Russian Federation, not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, breaking from President Donald Trump and others in his party who have pushed the discredited conspiracy theory.

Romney's statement breaks with President Donald Trump and a number of fellow Republicans who contend that Ukraine may have also tried to meddle in the results. Robert Menendez if he had evidence of Ukrainian meddling in the election, David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, replied, "I do not".

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Ukraine, which relies on USA military aid to battle Russian-backed separatists, has dismissed any suggestion of US election interference.

He later added, "So as to the Ukraine, they had zero to do with the hacking of the DNC and the stealing of the emails".

He reiterated his stance to CNN saying, "I've got no doubt that it was the Russians who stole the DNC emails". "Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and [John] Podesta and all that good stuff".

Last month, Fiona Hill, the former U.S. National Security Council Russian expert in the Trump administration, also debunked Putin-Trump disinformation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

When Wallace pushed back, noting that the Senator was contradicting the nation's intelligence community, Kennedy - an attorney who has earned degrees from the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Oxford - said, "Right".

Asked by another senator if Giuliani remained involved in Ukraine diplomacy, Hale replied, "Not that I'm aware of". I don't think they changed the outcome.

Trump additionally sought Zelensky's help in probing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the set off for the continued impeachment push.

Hale stated he had no cause to doubt testimony by former White Home knowledgeable Fiona Hill, who informed the impeachment inquiry into Trump that the Ukrainian meddling concept was propaganda unfold by Russian Federation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while careful not to say he believed the Ukrainian conspiracy, said he felt "a duty" to investigate any suggestions of election interference.

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