Sen. Lindsey Graham repudiated Jared Kushner Sunday for downplaying Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Can you imagine what we would be saying if the Russians or the Iranians hacked into the presidential team of the Republican Party?” Graham said during an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation. “So, no — this is a big deal. It’s not just a few Facebook ads. They were very successful in pitting one American against the other during the 2016 campaign.”
Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, last week during an appearance at the Time 100 Summit in New York City said that multiple investigations into interference have been more harmful to American democracy than the original interference.
"The whole thing is just a big distraction for the country," Kushner. "You look at what Russia did — buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent. And it's a terrible thing, but I think the investigation and all the speculation that's happened over the past two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy."
Graham, a fierce Trump ally, said he likes Kushner a lot, “but he's leaving out a big detail: the Russians hacked into John Podesta's emails, the campaign manager for the Democratic candidate for president. The Russians hacked into Hillary Clinton's emails, the candidate for the Democratic Party.
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