Anchor Chris Wallace asked Vice President Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short on “Fox News Sunday” about why the president wanted to investigate Ukraine interference in the 2016 election, “which he claimed was Kremlin disinformation,” said Breitbart.
According to Wallace, “Does President Trump still believe that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election?” in which Short replied with “It doesn’t have to be an either-or. It can be both.” Wallace again asked whether the president believes that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, and Short said that Trump thinks “we should at least investigate it.”
Short then talked about how Russia interfered in the election when Obama was president and Joe Biden was vice president, “and Joe Biden himself said he was in charge of Ukraine policy, and his son is getting between $50,000 and $80,000 a month to serve on a board where he has no experience whatsoever.”
It seemed like we could never get enough investigation of foreign interference in our elections for three years, but as soon as the president asks for it, it’s like, ‘Hey, we must impeach him,’” he added.
In a report by Newsweek, despite Short’s argument, “U.S. intelligence agencies and special counsel Robert Mueller all concluded that Russia was behind interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” The report added that Russian intelligence agencies worked largely to “sow disinformation in an apparent effort to promote Trump’s candidacy while disparaging his political opponent, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
Putin and Russian media, on the other hand, have been pushing an alternate narrative: Ukraine interfered in the U.S. election and conspired with Democrats.
The Washington Post reported that administration officials said that Trump said that Putin told him about the Ukraine theory – which he also pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate. “That pressure campaign was included as part of the articles of impeachment, which were passed against Trump largely along party lines last Wednesday. Nonetheless, Trump and Republican allies have continued to suggest the debunked theory is credible,” said Newsweek.
Short, however, dismissed the report as “incredibly misleading and misappropriate reporting.”
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