Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said he’s “1,000 percent confident” Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of an effort to interfere in the 2016 election, dismissing the theory that Ukraine played a role in the breach.
The comments from Graham come amid a House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and whether he conditioned military aid on the country opening investigations that benefited him politically.
Trump and some of his GOP supporters in Congress have pushed a conspiracy theory that Ukraine tried to meddle in the 2016 election to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“It was the Russians. I’m 1,000 percent confident that the hack of the DNC was by Russian operatives, no one else,” Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill.
“I have no evidence [Ukraine] did. Russia stole the emails, not the Ukraine,” he added.
Asked about whether Trump was muddying his defense by pushing the claim, Graham said he thinks it’s “always wrong to say things that can’t be proven.”
The conspiracy theory that Ukraine hacked the DNC has gained increased attention in recent months. Trump referenced the claim during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is now at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
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