One of the more overlooked aspects of President Donald Trump's now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was his insistence that the country's new leader investigate a conspiracy theory that would exonerate Russia from interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
According to this conspiracy theory, Russia was framed for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the actual hacks took place in Ukraine.
"The server, they say Ukraine has it," Trump told Zelensky, in reference to the DNC server. "There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it."
Russian media monitor Julia Davis writes in the Daily Beast that this is the exact same conspiracy theory that Russian TV hosts have been pushing on their programs for months.
For example, Davis notes that "Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of Russia’s most popular Sunday news program... urged Trump to keep digging in Ukraine for 'the sweetest' kompromat of all: 'Proving that Ukraine -- not Russia -- interfered in the U.S. elections.'"
And that's not all -- Davis also found that "pro-government experts on the nightly television show The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev have been openly rooting for the supposed scandal in Ukraine to 'kill Biden' politically, and allow Trump 'to disprove' Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, and destroy the heart of the Democratic Party in the process."