The House Intelligence Committee head claims GOP members have adopted Russian propaganda

Mike Turner, the leader of the House Intelligence Committee, stated on Sunday that Russian propaganda has “absolutely” made its way to Congress. He also stated that some of his Republican colleagues have repeated bogus statements on the floor of the chamber. In an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Republican from Ohio stated, “It is absolutely true that we see, directly coming from Russia, attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor.”

This comes after House Foreign Affairs chair Michael McCaul stated to Puck News the previous week that Russian propaganda has “infected a good chunk” of the Republican base. Turner’s comments follow McCaul’s statement. Turner, who has been a vocal supporter of providing further assistance to Ukraine, stated on Sunday that “there are members of Congress today who still incorrectly say that this conflict between Russia and Ukraine is over NATO, which of course it is not.” Turner has been a vocal champion for providing additional aid to Europe.

He went on to say that “to the extent that this propaganda takes hold, it makes it more difficult for us to really see this as a battle between democracy and authoritarianism.” Despite the fact that the House Speaker Mike Johnson, whose future as a leader in the party is still uncertain as a result of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s move to oust him from the speakership, refused to immediately bring the package for a vote, the Senate passed a foreign aid bill in February that was worth $95.3 billion and included assistance for both Ukraine and Israel. Turner stated on Sunday that he does not believe Johnson is in “any risk” of being removed from his position by the “chaos caucus.” He cited members of the caucus who are “seeking attention for themselves and trying to stop all of the important work in Congress.”

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