Senator Who Made July 4th Visit To Moscow Parrots Kremlin Propaganda Again
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press this week to further muddy his opinion on whether it was Russia or Ukraine that interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.
After initially telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace last week that Ukraine might have been responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee server during the last presidential election, Kennedy later walked back his comments during an interview on CNN.
On Sunday, the lawmaker told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he made the reversal because he had misunderstood Wallace’s question at the time and after reading a transcript realized his mistake, according to The Hill.
"Chris Wallace was interviewing me, and he asked me a question, I answered it. I thought he had asked me if Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election, he didn't he asked me if Ukraine was responsible for hacking the DNC computer, which is of course a form of meddling," Kennedy said this week. "I went back and looked at the transcript and realized Chris was right and I was wrong so I said, 'I was wrong.'"
But the Republican — who happened to be part of the group of GOP lawmakers who visited Moscow on July 4 — went on to parrot the Russian talking point again that Ukraine was involved with meddling in the 2016 election.
Kennedy said he believes "both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election."
Todd asked Kennedy if he had been briefed on the impeachment inquiry testimony of former National Security Council official Fiona Hill, who warned against pushing Russian propaganda regarding Ukraine, and Kennedy said no. He added that Hill is “entitled to her opinion.”
"When does opinion become fact?” Todd asked. “Does 17 intelligence services saying it, does every western intelligence ally saying Russia did this? I’m just sort of confused. At what point is it no longer an opinion for you?”