Sen. Roy Blunt: ‘I Doubt If the China Comment Was Serious’

By Melanie Arter | October 7, 2019 | 2:53pm EDT
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( – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he doubts that President Donald Trump was serious when he called on China last week to investigate the Bidens.

“I doubt if the China comment was serious to tell you the truth,” Blunt said, adding that he hadn’t talked to Trump about his comments and doesn’t know what the president was thinking, “but I do know he loves to bait the press.”

Blunt said he baits the press “almost every day” to see what they will talk about.

When asked if it was appropriate for the president to ask a foreign government to interfere in the election, Blunt said, “I don't imagine that's what he was doing. Certainly we shouldn't expect the Chinese, the Russians, or any of our other national security adversaries to be helpful in any way.

“And if they do come forward with the information, I think you'd have to seriously question whether there was any veracity to that information or not,” the senator said.

Blunt said there was “no shadow of a doubt” that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections.

Asked whether he’s seen any facts to substantiate the idea that Ukraine meddled in the election, Blunt said, “Well, I think there are some facts that indicate the Ukraine was involved in some things like purporting to have information on Manafort that even Mueller didn't use.

“I don't know if that came forward in '16 or it came forward in '17, not very hard to meddle in the way the Russians did. I think you have to assume that the Russians, the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Chinese all are trying to get in our systems all the time, and every one of them and others would see anything good for them is bad for the United States and more importantly anything bad for the United States is good for them,” he said.

As to whether Ukraine has Hillary Clinton’s email server, Blunt said, he doesn’t have “any information on that.”


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