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Politics Sanders condemns Russian influence in election

02:05  22 february  2020
02:05  22 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is condemning any Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election . The Vermont senator issued a statement immediately after The Washington Post reported U.S. officials told Sanders that Russia was trying to help his campaign.

Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections , and as president I will make sure that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday he was briefed by U.S. officials “about a month ago” that Russia has been trying to help his campaign as part of Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign event at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign event at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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

Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

  Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about Russian interference in the Democratic contest.

17, condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for the country to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. "They have transferred money, and they're also conducting broader influence campaigns," Mattis said.

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort The voter suppression effort was focused particularly on Sanders supporters and African-Americans The report suggests a grudging respect for the scale and creativity of Russian influence operations.

The Vermont senator continued: “Here’s the message to Russia: Stay out of American elections.”

Sanders' response was a sharp contrast from that of President Donald Trump, who has pushed back at the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia has interfered in elections on his behalf. Minutes before Sanders condemned Russian interference, Trump dismissed reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help him as well as “a rumor” started by Democrats.

Federal investigators in 2018 charged 13 Russians in a covert social media campaign that prosecutors said was aimed at dividing public opinion on hot-button social issues as well as propping up Sanders and Republican candidate Trump in the 2016 election while also denigrating Hillary Clinton, the eventual Democratic nominee.

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  Trump tells 'Crazy Bernie' Sanders: 'don't let them take it away from you!' The president was referring to the possibility that Democrats could try to snatch the nomination from the Vermont lawmaker."Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates," Trump tweeted, short before NBC News projected Sanders would win.

The Russians stole the identities of American citizens, posed as political activists and used the flash points of immigration, religion and race to manipulate a campaign in which those issues were already particularly divisive, prosecutors said. Some of the Russians were also in contact with “unwitting

Its absolutely untrue that the Russians rigged our “ elections ”. That was the Democrat Party Brass, and they've been at it since at least the 1968 Chicago Democratic Primary in Did Sanders supporters cooperate with Russian website WikiLeaks and downplay Russian influence in the 2016 elections ?

Organizers of that Russian effort circulated an outline of themes for future social media content, with instructions to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them),” according to the indictment.

Campaigning Friday in Las Vegas, Trump told supporters that he heard Democrats were trying to “start a rumor ... that Putin wants to make sure I get elected.”

“Listen to this, so doesn't he want to see who the Democrat is going to be? Wouldn’t he rather have, let's say Bernie?" Trump asked. Sanders and his wife, Jane, in 1988 spent their honeymoon in the Soviet Union, Trump noted.

Sanders told reporters he had seen some of Russia’s “tweets and stuff,” which he said were aimed at sowing divisions.

“They try to divide us up,” Sanders said of the Russians. “That is the ugliest thing they’re doing. They’re trying to cause chaos, they’re trying to cause hatred in America. It’s an ugly business and all of us have got to say, sorry, you’re not going to do this in this election.”

The Vermont senator appeared to suggest there was a political motive to the timing of the revelations, which were first reported by The Washington Post.

“One day before the Nevada caucus, why do you think it came out?” he said, adding sarcastically: “It was The Washington Post? Good friends.”

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AP writers Eric Tucker and Aamer Madhani contributed to this report.

Trump campaign team sues The New York Times for defamation .
© Copyright 2020, The Observations Donald Trump's campaign team sued The New York Times on Wednesday February 26 for a rostrum published in March 2019, which evoked an agreement between the republican candidate and the Russian president Vladimir Poutine to favor the election of the businessman in 2016.

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