"I think that Mr. Trump can speak directly", he said.
"It doesn't mean that Russian Federation didn't, but I think North Korea did", he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) departed from conspiratorial talking points pushed by his Republican colleagues' regarding Ukraine and their supposed interference in the 2016 election, as he insisted on Tuesday that Russian Federation is "1,000 percent" the tampering culprit in that race. "All I've seen is press reports and nobody's validated those reports", he continued.
In other words, the chaff thrown up by Trump and his allies in defense of his attempt to persuade Zelensky to announce two investigations that could help Trump's reelection bid - "Ukraine is corrupt, and Trump was just trying to protect taxpayers' money" - is at least as harmful to Ukraine's new housecleaning government as it is helpful to Trump. "The President can say that they meddled because they had a preference, the elected officials, that's not the current people". "That's why I think nobody can have any trust".
Over the last few weeks, current and former White House officials testified before the House Intelligence Committee and debunked the baseless conspiracy theory that the government of Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The Ukraine interference conspiracy endorsed by Putin, Trump and now Kennedy, has been soundly debunked not only by USA intelligence agencies, but also by a Republican-led Senate committee in 2017. "Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have global capital in Ukraine, it's a signal to them that says, 'Be careful, don't invest.' Or, 'Get out of there'".
"This is a hard signal". "It might seem like an easy thing to say, that combination of words: Ukraine is a corrupt country".
The Democrat-led House could vote this month to impeach Trump, setting up a trial early next year in the Republican-controlled Senate, which will decide whether to remove the president from office.
"The United States of America is a signal for the world - for everyone".
"The Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong, that should be case over", he said.