GOP lawmaker: ‘No Intel people on our side’ have corroborated claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference

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By Justine Coleman – 12/17/19 11:42 AM EST

Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: ‘What is Trump hiding?’ Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Amash says he will vote in favor of articles of impeachment MORE (R-Fla.) countered the Republican argument that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election Tuesday, saying “no Intel people on our side” have corroborated that narrative.

Rooney told CNN that he was “disturbed by the pre-factual judgement” of his colleagues supporting the Ukrainian interference narrative without facts to back it up.

“No Intel people on our side of things have corroborated any Ukrainian influence in the 2016 campaign,” he said on CNN.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats secure fast-track to the floor for Canada-Mexico trade deal Mexican official says he’s ‘very satisfied’ with USMCA after recent concern More than 700 historians sign letter calling for House to impeach Trump MORE and other GOP lawmakers have pushed the narrative throughout the impeachment proceedings after Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into interference in the 2016 election.

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into the president when a whistleblower report alleged Trump asked Ukraine about the unfounded claims of election interference and about investigating former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump tops Democratic rivals in national poll Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field in early primary states Conway says White House sees ‘no reason’ to bow to Democratic witness demands MORE in exchange for military aid and a White House visit.

It is widely accepted that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to support Trump, as former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a ‘failure’ Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE wrote in his report released earlier this year.

Democrats are recruiting Rooney to vote for impeachment in the House Wednesday. The Florida representative plans to retire after this term.

Tags Ukraine Russia Francis Rooney Robert Mueller Donald Trump Joe Biden 2016 election interference Impeachment

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