U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Russia is trying to help his presidential bid as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, The Washington Post reported Friday.
President Donald Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to Sanders, The Post reported, citing unnamed sources.
Prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect then-candidate Trump, The Post noted.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Post. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.
“In 2016, Russia used Internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020. Some of the ugly stuff on the Internet attributed to our campaign may well not be coming from real supporters.”
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