Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday talked about he is “1,000% assured” that Russia, not Ukraine, meddled within the 2016 US presidential election, breaking from President Donald Trump and others in his celebration who preserve pushed the discredited conspiracy theory.
“It modified into the Russians. I am 1,000% assured that the hack of the DNC modified into by Russian operatives, nobody else,” the South Carolina senator suggested reporters on Capitol Hill.
He reiterated his stance to CNN asserting, “I’ve acquired no query that it modified into the Russians who stole the DNC emails. It wasn’t Ukraine. Russia modified into gradual the stolen DNC emails and (John) Podesta and all that beautiful stuff.”
Graham persevered later within the equivalent interview: “In image to the Ukraine, that they had zero to construct with the hacking of the DNC and the stealing of the emails. Whether or not or not of us from the Ukraine met with DNC operatives, I do not know. All I’ve thought-about is press experiences that nobody has validated.”
His feedback close to as a result of the impeachment probe into Trump and Ukraine strikes into the next part. The Residence Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its file detailing how the President sought political fabricate by his dealings with Ukraine. The Residence Judiciary Committee will retain its first impeachment listening to on Wednesday.
Graham, a staunch defender of Trump, has criticized the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. The President and his allies preserve insisted that Ukraine meddled within the 2016 presidential election to help then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
US intelligence officers preserve suggested lawmakers that Russia has been partaking in a years-long effort to shift the blame of Moscow’s interference within the 2016 US presidential election to Ukraine, a message that changed into echoed throughout public testimony by Trump’s frail prime Russia adviser Fiona Hill and different witnesses within the impeachment probe.
CNN’s Ted Barrett, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb contributed to this file.