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Ted Cruz says Ukraine interfered in 2016 election, cites one op-ed

Sen. Ted Cruz joined the list of Republican lawmakers who have argued President Donald Trump had legitimate reasons to ask Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election because they believe that country meddled in the 2016 election. 

Cruz said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” there was “considerable evidence” that “Ukraine blatantly interfered in our election,” though he could only point to one op-ed from a former Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. as proof of that interference. 

Cruz said the news media has been “misleading” by acting as if only one country could have interfered when it could have been both Ukraine and Russia. 

“Of course Russia interfered in our election. Nobody looking at the evidence disputes that,” Cruz said. “But here’s the game the media is playing. Because Russia interfered, the media pretends nobody else did.” 

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During the 2016 election, many Ukrainians and several officials expressed concern about then-candidate Trump’s positive words for Russian President Vladimir and an interview in which he indicated he would consider recognizing Putin’s military annexation of Crimea.