Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday said 2016 election interference by Ukraine was “well documented,” and called the House impeachment hearing “as rigged as a carnival ring toss.”
In a contentious interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press," Kennedy made the case for interference by both Russia and Ukraine.
“I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election,” he insisted. “I think it’s been well documented in the Financial Times and Politico and The Economist and the Washington Examiner, even on CBS that the prime minister of Ukraine, the interior minister, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, the head of the Ukrainian anti-corruption league all meddled in the election on social media and otherwise. They worked with the [Democratic National Committee] operative against the president.”
“They’re very well documented,” Kennedy declared. “And I believe that a Ukrainian district court in December of 2018 slacked down several Ukrainian officials for meddling in our elections, a violation of Ukrainian law.”
According to Kennedy, “President [Petro] Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton” — to which MTP host Chuck Todd rebutted: “You now have the president of Ukraine saying he worked for the Democratic nominee for president."
"You realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, [Russia President] Vladimir Putin," Todd said.
Kennedy said the problem is President Donald Trump has not been allowed to enter evidence in the House impeachment hearings.
“What’s wrong with [the president] providing evidence,” he said, adding: “Rounds one and two by [House] Spearker [Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Rep. Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] is about as rigged as a carnival ring toss.”
“Have they allowed the president to call his own witnesses? No?” Kennedy argued, adding nor have they allowed “his lawyer …to offer rebuttal… to cross-examine witnesses.”
“Whether you like the president or don’t, we both agree with due process,” Kennedy said.
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