Usual Suspects: Romney, Rubio Blind and Deaf On Possible Ukrainian Meddling

Potential Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election has become a topic of conversation, despite the media’s desperate effort to cover their tracks, during the impeachment charade involving President Donald J. Trump.

Trump stands accused of a “quid pro quo,” wherein the desperate political left claims that he threatened to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden and 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate, over his ties to Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Those claims are still unfounded. Hunter Biden worked for Burisma, making $50,000 per month despite having no background in the field, all while his father was vice president.

In Trump’s defense, several lawmakers, including Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Kennedy (R-LA) have raised the issue of potential Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election, which, quite obviously, would give Trump a reason to be worried about former Soviet bloc nation.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on “Meet The Press” with Chuck Todd Sunday, where he levied claims of such meddling:

His appearance set off the political left, which has been working to downplay those claims as “debunked” or “conspiracy theory” despite numerous reports on them by left-wing media, particularly a long-form 2017 Politico exposé authored by Ken Vogel. The title of the piece was “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.”

The Rundown News reported on that piece:

In 2017, the media weren’t exactly gun shy about reporting the connections between Ukraine, the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and how the seeding of the Russian “collusion” hoax ran through a “Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee” who “met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia.”

That quote is from a January 2017 Politico piece, written by Ken Vogel, now of The New York Times, whose lede reads “Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.”

Almost three years ago, Politico was openly reporting what the leftist media are today calling a “conspiracy theory.”

Alexandra Chalupa, the aforementioned “Ukrainian-American operative,” a lawyer who worked for the Clinton administration before becoming a DNC consultant from 2004 to 2016, was investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

The Politico piece, which the left-wing news outlet has defended in the face of attacks from other left-wing news outlets, is at least worth noteworthsy, especially considering the gravity of Trump’s current situation. The above mentioned Republican Senators seem to understand that.

Even Ukrainian authorities are wondering why American Democrats are disinterested in evidence they claim to have pertaining to meddling in the 2016 election.

But not all of the GOP is on board taking a look at Ukraine’s actions during the last election cycle. Some are taking the side of the political left, and dismissing possible bad acting as “conspiracy theory.”

Those who are turning a blind eye to it are the usual suspects.

“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 in our elections,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told reporters on December 3.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is allied with Romney. According to Politico, Rubio “agreed that it’s common for countries to prefer one presidential candidate over another.”

“I think it’s important to distinguish op-eds… from the systemic effort to undermine our election systems,” he reportedly said.

But the Vogel report in Politico in 2017 was the opposite of an opinion-piece. It was a fact-based news story which the outlet refuses to retract, correct, or update in any manner.

Romney and Rubio aren’t exactly known as Trump’s best friends in the Senate. Both are bona fide members of the GOP establishment which has fought Trump throughout his presidency, and Trump stomped Rubio in the 2016 Republican primary, just four years after Romney lost a presidential bid to former president Barack H. Obama.

The Rundown News reached out to the offices of Rubio and Romney for comment, but neither returned our requests in time for publication.