GOP lawmaker: 'No Intel people on our side' have corroborated claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference

Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Gohmert tests positive; safety fears escalate on Capitol Hill Pelosi to require masks on House floor Rooney becomes first House Republican to use proxy voting system MORE (R-Fla.) countered the Republican argument that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election Tuesday, saying “no Intel people on our side” have corroborated that narrative.

Rooney told CNN that he was “disturbed by the pre-factual judgement” of his colleagues supporting the Ukrainian interference narrative without facts to back it up.

“No Intel people on our side of things have corroborated any Ukrainian influence in the 2016 campaign,” he said on CNN.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE and other GOP lawmakers have pushed the narrative throughout the impeachment proceedings after Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into interference in the 2016 election. 


The House launched an impeachment inquiry into the president when a whistleblower report alleged Trump asked Ukraine about the unfounded claims of election interference and about investigating former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE in exchange for military aid and a White House visit. 

It is widely accepted that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to support Trump, as former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE wrote in his report released earlier this year.

Democrats are recruiting Rooney to vote for impeachment in the House Wednesday. The Florida representative plans to retire after this term.