Further casting doubt on the GOP theory of Ukraine engaging in a coordinated attack on the US election, Politico reported this week that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee already investigated the possibility and didn't find the evidence it was looking for.
USA intelligence concluded that Russian Federation manipulated social media among other actions in hopes of supporting Trump in 2016, although a probe by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller found no evidence that the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow.
"I don't know, nor do you, nor do any others", he replied.More news: Actively Exploited StrandHogg Vulnerability Affects Android OS
The president and his allies, including some Republican lawmakers, have floated a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine - not the Kremlin - that interfered in the election in order to hurt Trump's campaign and help his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
That theory has been at the heart of Trump's justification for withholding aid to Ukraine in return for an investigation into Joe Biden, his chief Democratic rival in 2020 - a move to leverage USA government resources for personal political benefit that has triggered a House impeachment inquiry.
The call has been central to the impeachment inquiry into Trump in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives. "The charge that Ukraine had something to do with election meddling in 2016 is a lie spread by [Russian President] Vladimir Putin to get things off his back".More news: Malta PM to Resign in January 2020
"I think it is very clear to me, and this has been testified to by every leader of law enforcement, [and the] intelligence community, that there's been absolutely no validity to this insane conspiracy theory that Ukraine was behind the 2016 intervention", Ranking Member Sen.
In recent testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, former National Security Council official Fiona Hill said the conspiracy theory was a "fictional narrative" crafted by Russian Federation. Not only is he no relation to the assassinated Democrat President, Kennedy voicing Russian propaganda has no relation to the Republican party of old that Ronald Reagan best represented.
Outside the hearing, Sen.More news: Elton John's expletive-fuelled rant at security guards at Australian concert
Romney also criticized Kennedy, telling reporters that "we have to adhere to the facts that's presented to us by our intelligence community".