Courtesy of Newsweek:
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor has said that no officials at the State Department ever seriously considered conspiracy theories alleging that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential elections to undermine President Donald Trump.
Taylor—who appeared as a witness during the House impeachment investigation into the president—told CBS News’ 60 Minutes program he saw no merit in the conspiracy theory, which has been propagated by the president and his allies.
In the interview, broadcast Sunday, Taylor told correspondent Scott Pelley he was frustrated by Trump’s parallel Ukraine policy, in which top advisers worked to bolster the president’s political fortunes.
The president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani was at the forefront of this effort, as he tried to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and find evidence that the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee was directed from Ukraine and blamed on Russia. The theory alleges that the DNC then gave a key server that might contain evidence to Ukrainian company CrowdStrike.
The theory has been debunked, but this has not stopped the president peddling the allegations. Taylor told CBS News that no one at the State Department was told to investigate whether there was a DNC server in Ukraine because “no one took it seriously.”
This is why Trump had to draft Rudy Giuliani to try and come up with evidence, either real or imaginary, to support the theory that his buddy Vlad wanted him to believe.
All of this is about Putin wanting to take the heat off of the Kremlin for interfering in the 2016 presidneital election, and Trump wanting to help him because it helped to prove his presidency was not illegitimate.
And since the State Department refused to go along with the conspiracy, Trump brought in a broken-down mentally unbalanced ex-mayor to help him.
The rest as they say is the history that Trump is trying desperately to rewrite.