John Kennedy on Sunday accused Ukraine of assisting
He was referencing the then-president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who Kennedy claims was working to help Clinton in her run against
This baffled Todd, who pushed back on the senator’s comments.
‘Actively worked for Secretary Clinton?! My goodness, wait a minute, Senator Kennedy,’ Todd said, noticeably perplexed. ‘You now have the president of Ukraine saying he worked for the Democratic nominee for president. C’mon. You realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin!’
Republican Senator John Kennedy claimed Sunday that Ukraine worked to help Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. ‘[T]he fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that President Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary Clinton,’ Kennedy asserted Sunday
This baffled MSNBC host Chuck Todd. ‘Actively worked for Secretary Clinton?! My goodness, wait a minute, Senator Kennedy. You now have the president of Ukraine saying he worked for the Democratic nominee for president. C’mon,’ Todd said, visibly annoyed
The comments came after Kennedy, once again clarified that he misspoke in an interview with Fox News last weekend where he said he wasn’t sure if it was Russia or Ukraine who was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee server during the 2016 election.
Following that interview, Kennedy back-tracked his remarks, claiming he misheard Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace’s question.
‘Well, 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,’ Kennedy clarified to Todd. ‘He didn’t, he asked me if Ukraine was responsible for hacking the DNC computer, which is, of course, a form of meddling. I went back and looked at the transcript and I realized Chris was right and I was wrong so I said I was wrong.’
Kennedy has faced criticism for his comments last weekend, especially from those claiming he is combining and confusing what Russia did in 2016 with what Ukraine did.
Todd said that Kennedy was repeating claims made by Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured). ‘You realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin!’
The Kentucky senator told Todd that there is enough evidence to prove that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, ‘on social media and otherwise,’ on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
‘In fact, in December of 2018, a Ukrainian court ruled that Ukrainian officials had violated Ukrainian law by meddling in our election and that was reported in The New York Times,’ Kennedy said of a court ruling that has since been canceled.
Kennedy is a staunch defender of the president, and has especially spoken up as impeachment proceedings against Trump commenced at the end of September.
The inquiry was launched after a whistle-blower complaint revealed Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart in a July 25 conversation to investigate political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Democrats claim Trump set a quid pro quo with the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate a U.S. citizen in exchange for a White House meeting or the release of millions in military assistance.
Those leading the impeachment probe in the House say this exchange between Trump and Zelensky exhibits the president asking a foreign government to engage in actions that could influence the 2020 presidential elections.