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

Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyJan 6, 2025: The day democracy dies? GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Pricing carbon can help solve the infrastructure funding dilemma 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 TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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. 

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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 BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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.