July 17, 2018 Press Releases

Defending Trump, Corey Stewart Calls Russian Interference ‘Unproven Allegation’

Taking to Facebook Live to defend President Trump’s shameful Helsinki comments in which he sided with Vladimir Putin over U.S. law enforcement and intelligence professionals, Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart called Russian interference in the 2016 election an “unproven allegation.”
At least three times in his brief opening comments, Stewart cast doubt on the veracity of claims Russia interfered in the U.S. election in 2016 – despite the conclusion of seven U.S. intelligence groups, including the House and Senate Intelligence Committees which are led by Republicans, that Russia is to blame for election meddling.
“Corey Stewart has gone from praising white supremacists to running interference for a Russian dictator,” said Kaine for Virginia Communications Director Ian Sams. “By joining him in undermining U.S. law enforcement, Corey is proving his number one loyalty is to President Trump, not Virginians. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine is focused on keeping Virginians and Americans safe from ongoing attacks by hostile foreign adversaries and securing the integrity of future elections.”
Transcript of Stewart Facebook Live opening comments on Russian interference in the elections:

“Russia is one of the great nuclear superpowers. It has not just an immense amount of political importance, you cannot jeopardize that critical relationship over some unproven allegations. However these allegations come out, at the end of the day, do you think that the President of the United States should be jeopardizing the U.S. relationship with one of the critical superpowers in the world over some unproven allegations apparently by a few Russian agents? Look, these kinds of things that the president has said have been going on for a long time, of the United States meddling in other countries’ affairs, and other countries trying to meddle in ours. We don’t know whether or not these allegations are correct but the fact remains is, it would not have been the right thing to go over to Helsinki, meet with one of the critical, the leaders of one of the most critical countries in the world, and then blow the whole thing up over these allegations over this Russia meddling in our elections. That would not have been good for the United States.”