Sen. Richard Burr declined to rebut a debunked conspiracy theory floated by some of his fellow Republican lawmakers and President Trump. https://t.co/Ul1ktbtKd1— HuffPost (@HuffPost) December 3, 2019
“Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton,” Burr claimed Monday, according to NBC’s Frank Thorp. “Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?”
Asked if he had seen any evidence to back up the claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, Burr answered by addressing a different question, saying he didn’t think “there’s any question that elected officials in Ukraine had a favorite in the election.”
By that standard, since I've been telling people on this blog that Trump's a racist SOB for years, I guess I, too, have "meddled" in the 2016 election. So sue me! (Eh, not literally, Nunes.) I definitely had a favorite, and it wasn't him.
The funny old thing though is this:
But the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee thoroughly investigated that theory, according to people with direct knowledge of the inquiry, and found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin’s efforts to help Trump win in 2016.
The committee’s Republican chairman, Richard Burr of North Carolina, said in October 2017 that the panel would be examining “collusion by either campaign during the 2016 elections."
But an interview that fall with the Democratic consultant at the heart of the accusation that Kyiv meddled, Alexandra Chalupa, was fruitless, a committee source said, and Republicans didn’t follow up or request any more witnesses related to the issue.
I really just don't know how much of the fluffing up of Russian propaganda on this is simply just chickenshit Trump appeasement, and how much is genuinely worrisome belief on the part of these Republicans. Either way it's pretty shameful.
I can only note that the signs that Senator Burr is problematic on this issue are definitely not new.
But just....look at this:
REP. RANDY WEBER (R): Is CrowdStrike in part owned by a Ukrainian?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 3, 2019
CHRIS CUOMO: No!
WEBER: ... ... really?
WEBER: That's not the information that we have.
CUOMO: You have bad information! pic.twitter.com/byfAq1eXov
This guy really seems surprised when his CrowdStrike bullshit is called out.