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Sen. Kennedy Defends Trump on Probe of Ukraine Corruption

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 24 November 2019 10:50 AM

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump's asking Ukraine to investigate corruption involving Joe Biden and his son was appropriate.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Kennedy insisted "the absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence if you don't look."

"I think [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] is acting in a manner that's insincere . . . She's turning impeachment into a routine political weapon," he said.

"I think the 'quid pro quo' is a red herring," Kennedy said.

"There's only two issues," he said, framing them as "Number one, Trump asked for an investigation of a political rival. Another scenario is that Trump asked for an investigation of possible corruption by someone who happens to be a political rival.

"The former would be in his parochial personal interest," Kennedy said. "The latter would be in the public interest."

Kennedy also demurred when asked if he accepted Russia, not Ukraine, hacked the Democratic National Committee's server in 2016 in the wake of testimony by ex-National Security Council official Fiona Hill, who said blaming Ukraine was the result of a Russian disinformation campaign.

"I don't know, nor do you, nor do any of us," Kennedy said.

"It could also be Ukraine," he said, adding: "Miss Hill is entitled to her opinion, but no rebuttal evidence was offered."

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