From The Washington Post:
Almost from the moment he took office, President Trump seized on a theory that troubled his senior aides: Ukraine, he told them on many occasions, had tried to stop him from winning the White House.
After meeting privately in July 2017 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Trump grew more insistent that Ukraine worked to defeat him, according to multiple former officials familiar with his assertions.
The president’s intense resistance to the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia systematically interfered in the 2016 campaign – and the blame he cast instead on a rival country – led many of his advisers to think that Putin himself helped spur the idea of Ukraine’s culpability, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.MSNBC:
A former, unnamed, senior White House official said that Trump fully believed it was Ukraine who interfered in our 2016 election and not Russia because….“Putin told me.”
On Thursday, Trump’s BFF Vlad said Trump was impeached for “far-fetched” reasons and ‘the move by Democrats a continuation of their fight against the Republican leader.’
“It’s simply a continuation of internal political struggle,” Putin said at his end-of-year news conference in Moscow. “The party that lost the (2016) election, the Democratic Party, is trying to achieve results by other means.”
He likened Trump’s impeachment to the earlier U.S. probe into collusion with Russia, which Putin played down as groundless. Former special counsel Robert Mueller concluded earlier this year that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion.”Associated Press:
Trump takes his puppet master’s words very seriously and wants his Cult to as well, even over our own intelligence agencies.
On Friday, Trump tweeted a link to the Associated Press’ article on Putin’s news conference.
Russian state media have joined President Vladimir Putin in delivering a full-throated defense of impeached U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
Such support would have been implausible for any other U.S. leader, much less one who claims to be “tough on Russia.” But bluster aside, Trump has been reluctant to sign off on additional Russian sanctions. Pro-Kremlin experts, lawmakers and talking heads believe President Trump would do away with most of the sanctions in record time if not for the U.S. Congress.
Russia only supports one Democratic candidate:
“Among tthe Democrats, Russian state media have only one clear favorite: Tulsi Gabbard.”