Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-La.) walked back on a comment he made Sunday supporting the debunked theory that Ukraine hacked the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016. “I was wrong,” Kennedy said Monday night on CNN. “The only evidence I have, and I think it’s overwhelming, is that it was Russia to tried to hack the DNC computer.”
Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Kennedy whom he believed was responsible for the 2016 hack, noting that the U.S. intelligence community resoundingly agree Russia was behind the attack. But Kennedy responded, “It could also be Ukraine.”
But speaking with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday, Kennedy said he misheard Wallace’s question. The ardent Trump ally said he’d thought Wallace had said only Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and Kennedy was skeptical of ruling out Ukrainian involvement as well.
He didn’t “mishear” the question. He’s backtracking because he just endured 24 hours of nationwide ridicule.
“I was wrong,” says GOP Sen. John Kennedy, backtracking after he repeated a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election. “It was Russia who tried to hack the DNC computer. I’ve seen no indication that Ukraine tried to do it.” https://t.co/2RGqCkRALO pic.twitter.com/wD4P0joXSp
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) November 26, 2019
You have more power than you know. @SenJohnKennedy just told @CNN’s @ChrisCuomo “I was wrong” about his claim that Ukraine hacked the 2016 election. This would not have happened had you not called him out. We have to stay loud and extinguish Russia’s misinformation.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 26, 2019
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.
W: The entire intel community says it was Russia.
K: Right. But it could be Ukraine. Fiona Hill is entitled to her opinion pic.twitter.com/KQAUkWeJIo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 24, 2019