Ted Cruz says Trump has 'authority' to investigate corruption in Ukraine

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

However, Trump's GOP allies have pushed the President's false narrative to justify his attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political enemies, for which Trump now faces impeachment.

"So, I believe any president, any Justice Department has the authority to investigate corruption", Crus responded.

Dent was appearing on CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield Sunday to talk about Cruz's turn on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd earlier in the day, where he claimed Ukrainian interference was the same as coordinated Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Later in the interview, Cruz called the impeachment inquiry that has moved into the House Judiciary Committee, which is weighing drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump, a "kangaroo court".

Cruz also said he now believes Ukraine meddled in 2016 election - and that it's the media that has distorted the involvement.

"I do, and I think there's considerable evidence of that", he said of Ukraine meddling. The President himself released the transcript of the call. "That doesn't mean they interfered with the election".

Cruz added, "I understand that you want to dismiss Ukrainian interference because they were trying to get Hillary Clinton elected, which is what the vast majority of the media wanted anyway". The senator wasn't thrilled Todd brought that up, but he didn't backtrack on his comments about Ukraine.

The 55-page scholarly report put out by House Democrats on Saturday, purports to say, "You don't have to prove a crime, you don't have to prove that law was violated to impeach a president", said Cruz.

Despite Trump and Cruz's claims, there is no evidence that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

But Todd questioned Cruz about whether he was at a congressional briefing last month from United States intelligence officials who said Ukraine wasn't involved. "Russia's tried to interfere in our elections". North Korea's tried to interfere in our elections. "This is not new", he stated.

Trump's asking Ukraine to start a probe occurred because the administration suspended about $400 million in navy help Congress had accredited for the nation.

The aid was eventually released on September 11.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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