Acting AG Whitaker Once Said Russian Election Interference Had Been ‘Proven False’

UNITED STATES - July 23: Matt Whitaker (R) Iowa is interviewed at Roll Call office in Washington, D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call Group

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker once said Russian election meddling had been “proven false.”

In audio surfaced Thursday by Scott Dworkin of The Democratic Coalition, Whitaker is heard saying in a radio interview that “The left is trying to sow this theory that essentially Russians interfered with the US election, which has been proven false. They did not have any impact in the election, and that has been very clear from the Obama administration.”

In fact, American intelligence agencies have continually alleged Russian interference in the election. They’ve also asserted they are not investigating whether that interference affected election results. Just because no vote-changing has been alleged does not mean Russians didn’t interfere — for example, by stealing and disseminating the emails of senior Democrats.

In an interview with radio host Andrew Wilkow, Whitaker also asserted: “The truth is, there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign.”

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