Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) reiterated a debunked conspiracy theory on that Ukraine may have interfered in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, despite consensus in the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was responsible for the attacks, but was quickly fact-checked by host Chris Wallace.
Wallace noted that President Donald Trump and his supporters have wrongly said that Ukraine could be behind the 2016 election interference.
“Was it Russia or Ukraine?” Wallace asked Kennedy after noting that Fiona Hill had rebuked GOP lawmakers for suggesting Ukraine was behind the attack.
“I don’t know,” Kennedy replied. “Nor do you, nor do any of us, nor do any of us.”
“The entire intelligence community says it was Russia!” Wallace interrupted.
“Right,” Kennedy agreed. “But it could also be Ukraine. I’m not saying that I know one way or the other.”
Kennedy’s comments come after former National Security Council official Fiona Hill publicly testified in an impeachment hearing last week that the conspiracy is “a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
“The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016,” Hill said. “This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan congressional reports.”
Watch the exchange in the video below, via Fox news.