Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Top US career diplomat rejects Ukraine meddling theory

Top US career diplomat rejects Ukraine meddling theory

The highest USA profession diplomat on Tuesday unambiguously rejected a concept promoted by President Donald Trump that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered within the 2016 election.

Romney's comments underscored a divide among Republicans, some of whom are staunchly defending Trump and others who are persuaded by findings of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation was behind systemic attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.

"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.

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

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The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany meet in the so-called "Normandy" format on December 9, to help end a conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people.

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".

Asked by another senator if Giuliani remained involved in Ukraine diplomacy, Hale replied, "Not that I'm aware of". "All I've seen is press reports that no one has validated". "It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and [John] Podesta and all that good stuff".

"No", he replied when Menendez requested him if Russian meddling within the election was a "hoax", a phrase usually utilized by Trump. He believes Ukraine is serious about embracing democracy and would not have interfered with the election. To Graham's dismay, this false narrative is now being championed by his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate as they strive to defend Trump against impeachment.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., pressed Hale on the latter point, because it is a key argument made by President Donald Trump and his supporters to explain why the administration withheld military aid amid the president's requests the country investigate its part in the USA election.

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