Pompeo says Trump’s debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is worth looking into

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a debunked conspiracy theory pursued by President Trump accusing Ukraine, not Russia, of interfering in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the network of the Democratic National Committee is a worthy subject of investigation. In a news conference at the State Department, Pompeo was asked if the United States and Ukraine should investigate the conspiracy theory, which several former senior Trump officials have called a “fictional narrative” with “no validity.”

“Anytime there is information that indicates that any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure we chase that down,” Pompeo told reporters. Pompeo, who previously served as the director for the CIA, said he learned during his time leading the nation’s premier spy service that “there were many countries that were actively engaged in trying to undermine American democracy, our rule of law, the fundamental understandings we have here in the United States

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Trump’s interest in the fringe theory came into prominence following the release of the rough transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, in which Trump asked if Ukraine could “find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine” and “CrowdStrike.”

The theory, which former White House official Fiona Hill last week said is “being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services,” is that Ukrainians actually hacked into the DNC’s networks in 2016 and framed Russia for the cyber-meddling.


Wow. Just wow. The Sec of State believes in nutter theories too apparently. That is just crazy

And I guess he is also just ignoring the bipartisan Senate report released a month or two ago, that shows it was Russia that was one interfering with the 2016 election. Richard Burr (R) is the one who heads up that committee in the Senate.
 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a debunked conspiracy theory pursued by President Trump accusing Ukraine, not Russia, of interfering in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the network of the Democratic National Committee is a worthy subject of investigation. In a news conference at the State Department, Pompeo was asked if the United States and Ukraine should investigate the conspiracy theory, which several former senior Trump officials have called a “fictional narrative” with “no validity.”

“Anytime there is information that indicates that any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure we chase that down,” Pompeo told reporters. Pompeo, who previously served as the director for the CIA, said he learned during his time leading the nation’s premier spy service that “there were many countries that were actively engaged in trying to undermine American democracy, our rule of law, the fundamental understandings we have here in the United States

.”
Trump’s interest in the fringe theory came into prominence following the release of the rough transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, in which Trump asked if Ukraine could “find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine” and “CrowdStrike.”

The theory, which former White House official Fiona Hill last week said is “being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services,” is that Ukrainians actually hacked into the DNC’s networks in 2016 and framed Russia for the cyber-meddling.


Wow. Just wow. The Sec of State believes in nutter theories too apparently. That is just crazy

And I guess he is also just ignoring the bipartisan Senate report released a month or two ago, that shows it was Russia that was one interfering with the 2016 election. Richard Burr (R) is the one who heads up that committee in the Senate.
“Anytime there is information that indicates that any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure we chase that down,” Pompeo told reporters.

* And then under his breath, "except Mother Russia",
 
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