Republican lawmakers like Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., of late may have been pushing the narrative that Ukraine significantly interfered in the 2016 presidential election but a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the widely debunked theory without merit.

At one point during its investigation into election meddling and any collusion by either campaign, the committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., turned its attention to statements made by Democratic consultant Alexandra Chalupa that Ukraine was eager to help her turn the spotlight on the activities of Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

But Chalupa also emphasized the Ukrainian Embassy avoided getting politically involved in the issue. After interviewing Chalupa, who told lawmakers she hadn’t served as a go-between for the embassy and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Senate committee dropped that line of inquiry in the fall of 2017, Politico cited sources as saying.

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