WALLACE: Senator Kennedy, who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC & Clinton campaign? Russia or Ukraine?
KENNEDY: I don't know. Nor do you.
WALLACE: The entire intel community says it was Russia.
KENNEDY: Right. But it could be Ukraine. Fiona Hill is entitled to her opinion
For the record -- Fiona Hill wasn't giving her "opinion," she was stating the results of investigations by 12 U.S. Intelligence Agencies.
And the Intel services recently briefed senators in private that pushing "Ukraine" as the perpetrator is, in fact, a disinformation campaign by Russia, which Putin himself has pushed publicly. Moreover, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is Republican-led said IT WAS DONE BY RUSSIA.
The are so many outraged words that can be used to describe what Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said and is doing here, after having sworn an oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, not merely protect the back of his party's relentlessly-corrupt leader. At some point though they are just descriptive words that don't even begin to do justice to the damage of the actions. Better, it seems, is to paraphrase former Senator Lloyd Bentsen and let that encompass it all --
Senator John Kennedy, history knows the revered administration of President John Kennedy, who received the Purple Heart during WWII, won the Pulitzer Prize for his aptly-titled book Profiles in Courage, and called on Americans to a higher responsibility beyond self-interest, and you are no John Kennedy.
During the House Impeachment Hearing, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21) tried to chastise Democrats by whining how unfair and wrong it was for them to claim that Republicans didn't think Russia was involved an any actions in 2016, because no Republican on the committee believed that. Now, in fairness (and forgetting for a moment that there isn't much evidence to support what she was whining), Sen. Kennedy isn't on the House Impeachment Committee, he is merely in the Senate and (to repeat, since it bears repeating) was only briefed by the Intel services that "Ukraine" is Russian propaganda and the Senate's own Intelligence Committee, led by a Republican, said that it was Russia that attacked the U.S. And in equal fairness, he isn't alone, in either the Senate or the House.
When one takes actions that promote disinformation by Russia, you are a Russian asset. Perhaps unwittingly, perhaps not. But by those standards, any Republican who pushes any part of the "Ukraine" story is a Russian asset.
And this, in part, is why for the past year or so I have been writing that this is not about Trump -- who know who he is. This is about the elected members of the Republican Party who enable him and are complicit.