Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.,) on Sunday, Dec. 1, said the 2016 election interference by Ukraine was “well documented,” and the House impeachment hearing “as rigged as a carnival ring toss.”
In an interview on NBC News’s “Meet The Press,” Kennedy made the case for interference by both Russia and Ukraine.
“I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election,” he stated. “I think it’s been well documented in the Financial Times and Politico and The Economist and the Washington Examiner, even on CBS that the prime minister of Ukraine, the interior minister, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, the head of the Ukrainian anti-corruption league all meddled in the election on social media and otherwise. They worked with the [Democratic National Committee] operative against the president.”
“They’re very well documented,” Kennedy insisted. “And I believe that a Ukrainian district court in December of 2018 slacked down several Ukrainian officials for meddling in our elections, a violation of Ukrainian law.”
Kennedy suggested, “President [Petro] Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton,” Newsmax reported.
For the impeachment inquiry, Kennedy said the problem is President Donald Trump has not been allowed to give evidence in the House impeachment hearings.
“What’s wrong with [the president] providing evidence,” he said. “Rounds one and two by Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff are as rigged as a carnival ring toss, and we both know that.”
He added, “Have they allowed the president to call his own witnesses? No. Have they allowed him to have his lawyer present? No. Have they allowed him to offer rebuttal evidence? No. Have they allowed him to cross-examine the witnesses that were handpicked by Speaker Pelosi? No. Whether you like the president or don’t, we both I know agree with due process. Nobody is above the law, but nobody is beneath the law. The Bill of Rights is not an a la carte menu.”
Kennedy had harshly criticized Pelosi in previous interviews. During an interview with Fox News on Nov. 8, he said, “Due process should matter. And, I think Speaker Pelosi intends to give the president a fair and impartial firing squad and she made up her mind before she saw the facts.”
The process that the Democrats have set in motion to try to oust President Trump, because of the supposed pressure he would have exerted on the Ukrainian president, has irregularities that call into question its validity and constitutionality.
With respect to the Ukraine Case, the White House emphatically denied the accusations made against the president and, in fact, published transcripts of the talks between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The conversation shows that Trump did not pressure or threaten any kind of economic retribution to Ukraine if it did not investigate the son of Joe Biden, who was involved in a case of corruption of the main gas company of the European country.