WASHINGTON – Russia is trying to interfere in the Democratic championships to help Senator Bernie Sanders, known to people in the case, and intelligence officials have recently informed him of Russia’s interference in the election, Mr. Sanders said Friday.
In a statement released Friday, Mr Sanders condemned Russia, calling President Vladimir Putin “an autocratic theft” and warned Moscow to stay out of the election.
“Let’s be clear that the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us, and unlike the incumbent, I am strongly opposed to their efforts and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our elections,” Mr Sanders said.
He also told reporters that he was informed about it a month ago.
“The intelligence community tells us that Russia is intervening in this campaign right now, 2020,” Mr Sanders said Friday in the town of Bakersfield, California, where he was to meet in front of the Nevada Committees on Saturday. “And what I am saying to Mr. Putin, ‘If I am elected president, trust me, you will not interfere in the American election.’
Senior intelligence officials told members of the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia continues its pre-election sabotage campaign, including interfere with democratic championships.
Intelligence officials have also warned lawmakers in the chamber that Russia is intervening in the campaign in an attempt to re-elect President Trump, who is familiar with the case. They said the revelation to Congress angered Mr Trump, who complained the Democrats would use it against him.
The Republicans have questioned the idea that Russia backs Mr. Trump, insisting that Mr. Putin simply wants to spread the chaos and undermine the democratic system. But some current and former officials say that Russia’s campaign to support Mr Sanders may eventually be aimed at helping Mr Trump, with Moscow likely considering Mr Sanders a weaker opponent for the president than a more moderate one. Democratic candidate.
The Washington Post: the first reported Sanders Campaign Briefing.
Mr Sanders said he understood that the Russians were again trying to intervene in the campaign. He said some “ugly things on the Internet” were attributed to his campaign, which could stem from fraudulent accounts.
The Russians have also worked to support, or at least not to harm, Mr. Sanders in 2016. Workers at the Russian intelligence-assisted trolley plant have been instructed to avoid attacking Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump, according to a report by Special Adviser Robert S. Mueller III. The report cites internal documents from the Internet Research Agency ordering operators to attack Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Take every opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest, except for Sanders and Trump. We support them, ”the document says.
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