Washington Post

Washington Post 2 Dec 2019

When Republicans have sounded like Vladimir Putin on election interference


Over the past three years, President Trump and some of his allies have at times mimicked Russian President Vladimir Putin's rhetoric on election interference.

President Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin against meddling in US presidential elections during the G20 summit.
Trump's remarks about accepting damaging information on a political opponent from a foreign power draw criticism from Republicans and Democrats and plunges the White House into damage control mode.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sept. 26 told reporters the whistleblower claims have given lawmakers "a roadmap" for the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in an exhibition hockey match in Sochi, Russia, on May 10.

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-I haven't seen even once, any direct proof
of Russian interference in the presidential election
in the United States.
-President Putin, he just said it's not Russia.
I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be.
-IP addresses, they can be invented, you know?
There are a lot of specialists who can even make it
so it comes from your home IP address,
as if your three-year-old daughter carried out the attack.
-If the Russians actually hacked this situation
and spelled out those e-mails you would've never seen it,
you would've never had any evidence.
-The oligarchs in Ukraine finance that candidate,
you know, all that candidate lady.
-The fact that Russia was so aggressive
does not exclude the fact that President Poroshenko
actively worked for Secretary Clinton.
-Maybe they're not even Russians.
Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews
just with Russian citizenship.
-Do you not believe the Russians interfered
in the presidential elections? -They absolutely did.
And I don't know to what extent the Ukrainians did.
-Thank God nobody's accusing us anymore of interfering
in the elections in the United States!
Now they are accusing Ukraine.
-Democrats cooperated in the Ukrainiane election meddling.
-They have been using any and each pretext to attack
President Trump, lash out at him.
Now they have been citing Ukraine.
-It has been nearly three years of this Russia hoax,
now it's transformed into the Ukrainian hoax.
-We were not the ones to annex Crimea.
The citizen of Crimea decided to join Russia.
-They can't all be set up.
I mean, they're marching in favor of joining Russia.
-The United States, everywhere, all over the world actively
interferes with the electoral campaigns of other countries.
-Putin's a killer.
-There's a lot of killers. You got a lot of killers.
What, you think our country's so innocent?

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