December 06,2019

Wyden Statement on Republican Chairmen Laundering Russian Propaganda

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in reaction to Republican chairmen of the Finance, Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees seeking interviews with Alexandra Chalupa and Andrii Telizhenko:  

“It’s clear these rogue chairmen are veering into conspiracy territory when even Leader McConnell says he disagrees with their plan. These chairmen are laundering Russian propaganda to deflect from Donald Trump’s attempt to extort Ukraine into manufacturing dirt on a political rival and exonerate Russia for its criminal interference in the 2016 election. Republicans are kicking dirt in the eyes of the American people.

“It’s incredibly dangerous for my colleagues to ignore the warnings of our intelligence agencies and misuse taxpayer money to spread Russian propaganda and Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre conspiracy theories. The Senate should not be acting as an arm of the Russians or the president’s attorney.”