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Despite the fact, there was no evidence that Russian meddling in the 2016 election had any influence on the result, the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC warned they were at it again with a hack of the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden. In the course of their fear-mongering reports, the networks suggested Russia was working on behalf of Trump, was the reason he got elected, and in one case insinuated Trump may have been working with the Russians. All of which were unfounded conspiracy theories.
During the lead-in on CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell told viewers “the timing of the hack is especially important” because it happened when the impeachment proceedings were starting to heat up. “The report says Russian military hackers targeted Burisma, the firm where Joe Biden's son, Hunter, served on the board. It is the same company President Trump wanted investigated,” announced CBS’s chief justice and homeland security correspondent, Jeff Pegues as if he found a clue.
Pegues would later appear to insinuate the President had some personal influence over Russia’s actions in 2016 by taking a Trump quote out of context and conflating it with the leaked emails.