Russia Tried To Interfere With The Bernie Sanders Campaign

Washington, D.C. – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday that US authorities informed him “about a month ago” that Moscow is trying to help his campaign as part of his efforts to interfere in the 2020 elections.

“It was not clear what role they were going to play,” Sanders said during a campaign stopover in California. “They told us that Russia, maybe other countries, will get involved in this campaign.”

“Here is the message for Russia: don’t get involved in the US elections,” added the senator from Vermont.


Sanders’ response contrasted sharply with that of President Donald Trump, who downplayed the evaluation of US intelligence agencies about the fact that Russia intervened in the elections of 20016. Minutes before Sanders condemned Kremlin interference, Trump rejected the reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help him, saying it was a “rumor” spread by the Democrats.

In 2018, federal investigators accused 13 Russians in a covert campaign on social networks that prosecutors said was intended to divide public opinion into controversial social issues, as well as underpin Sanders and the Republican Trump candidate in the 2016 elections , and also denigr ate Hillary Clinton, who was eventually nominated for a Democratic candidate.

The organizers of the Russian effort circulated an outline of topics for future content on social networks, with instructions to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump; we support them),” according to the indictment .

At a campaign event on Friday in Las Vegas, Trump told his supporters that he heard the Democrats were trying to “circulate a rumor … that Putin wants to make sure I’m elected.”

“Listen to this: so he doesn’t want to see who the democrat is going to be? Wouldn’t you rather have, say, Bernie? ”Trump asked, noting that Sanders and his wife Jane went on a honeymoon to the Soviet Union in 1988.

Sanders told reporters that he had seen some of Russia’s “tweets and things,” of which he said they intend to sow divisions.

“They try to divide us,” said Sanders of the Russians. “That is the most disgusting thing they are doing. They are trying to provoke chaos, they try to generate hatred in the United States. It’s a disgusting job and we all have to say, sorry, you’re not going to do this in these elections. ”

Senator Elizabeth Warren said her campaign has not received a report from intelligence authorities, while billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer’s campaign said they were informed “months ago,” but did not provide details.

Sanders seemed to suggest that the fact that the revelations have been made now has a political motive. The first to report them was The Washington Post.

“One day before the Nevada party assemblies, why do you think this came about?” He said, and added sarcastically: “Was it The Washington Post? What good friends. ”



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