George Kent blows a hole through Trump’s main talking points.
Career Foreign Service officer George Kent, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.
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Democrats zeroed in on Trump’s allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, as well as his accusations of corruption against the Bidens.In a telling exchange with Kent, Goldman asked the career State Department official about Trump’s claims about Ukrainian election interference.”To your knowledge, is there any factual basis to support the allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?” Goldman asked.”To my knowledge, there is no factual basis, no,” Kent said.”And in fact, who did interfere in the 2016 election?” Goldman said.”I think it’s amply clear that Russian interference was at the heart of interference in the 2016 election cycle,” Kent replied.Goldman then focused on Trump’s claims about Biden. Specifically, the president and his allies have accused Biden of getting Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, fired in order to stop an investigation into Burisma, whose board employed Hunter Biden.”To your knowledge, is there any factual basis to support those allegations” against Biden, Goldman asked Kent.”None whatsoever,” Kent said.”When Vice President Biden acted in Ukraine, did he act in accordance with official US policy?” Goldman pressed.”He did,” Kent responded.This exchange between Kent and Goldman was critical because it blows a hole through Trump’s claim that he was justified in wanting to look back at the 2016 election, and in asking Ukraine to probe the Bidens.