Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 election

Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 electionIn what is becoming less and less of a surprise, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) veered off course from his fellow Republicans on an impeachment-related issue.Some lawmakers — Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is a notable example (though he somewhat walked back his comments) — have given credence to the unsupported theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election, which was one of the reasons President Trump wanted Kyiv to launch investigations. The intelligence community, on the other hand, has largely settled on the notion that it was Russia that tried to meddle.The GOP's mistrust in the intelligence community likely stems from efforts to stick by Trump amid the impeachment inquiry, but Romney doesn't seem to care. He's not buying the theory and said he hasn't seen evidence "of any kind" to support it.> ROMNEY: "I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is *any* evidence of *any* kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections. We have ample evidence that Russia interfered…" pic.twitter.com/zSTBcEviSQ> > — Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) December 3, 2019The recent comments add to growing speculation that Romney may be the leading voice among Republicans who are willing to remove Trump if the impeachment proceedings do eventually result in a Senate trial, though questions remain as to just how effective that would be. > Senator @MittRomney is the MargaretChaseSmith of his time. He will lead the Impeachment fight in the Senate. I think he may get 5 Republicans who vote to remove. Not more. t.co/rRbfAWEvuE> > — Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) December 3, 2019More stories from theweek.com Watch NATO leaders, British princess, apparently mock Trump, politely, at palace reception What the Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade acquisition means ICE employees reportedly thought McKinsey consultant's cost-cutting recommendations went too far



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