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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who officially launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump earlier this week, suggested that Russia may have "had a hand" in the Ukraine whistleblower scandal.

"By the way, I think Russia has a hand in this," she said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday, according to Newsweek.

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She did not elaborate further or provide an explanation of what she thinks Russia's role is in the Ukraine debacle.

"But we saw what the Russian disruption of our election last time, their interference, 100 percent confidence of the intelligence community, high confidence in the intelligence community that the Russians disrupted our election, that was wrong," she said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 24, after a whistleblower's complaint, the White House unprecedentedly published a redacted version of the memorandum of the July 25 telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, which became the cause behind a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.

According to the memorandum, Trump repeatedly asked Zelensky to "look into" the situation regarding a probe into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, in Ukraine.