Remember the last time Trump hosted Lavrov. It was right after he fired James Comey as FBI director:
When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last visited the White House, President Trump had just fired his then-FBI director, James Comey. At the time, Trump bragged it would remove pressure related to an investigation into whether his campaign had ties to Moscow. But instead, it had the opposite effect, fanning the political flames over his Russia policy.
There goes the conspiracy theory:
Shocking precisely no one who has been paying attention to the facts, the IG report finds in broad strokes that the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s campaign in 2016 was properly predicated, opened under correct evidentiary procedures, and conducted lawfully. Horowitz did find at least 17 violations of various Justice Department procedures—relating to FISA surveillance applications for Trump campaign adviser Carter Page—but nothing that would give credence to the Trump's long-running grievance that the entirety of the US government was out to get him in 2016.
It is no longer a theory that the Republican party is working on behalf of the Kremlin. They know it. But they are under orders to defend Trump no matter what. At this rate can we trust the GOP and Putin won't try to steal the next election for Trump as they did in 2016?
Sen. Kennedy isn’t concerned about being duped, because he knows that he is pushing Russian propaganda. Trump’s entire impeachment defense comes down to a conspiracy theory that fulfills Putin’s goals of smearing Ukraine, and giving Russia a cover story for their attacks on US elections.