John Haltiwanger Nov 21, 2019, 11:46 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin is gloating as Republicans continue to trumpet a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine — not Russia — interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.
“Thank God, no one is accusing us of interfering in the US elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine,” Putin said in Moscow on Wednesday.
Amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Republicans have repeatedly pushed the bogus conspiracy that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.
The impeachment inquiry was catalyzed by a whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that zeroed in on a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the call, Trump urged Zelensky to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden as well as the discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in 2016.