- The victory comes amid reports of the Kremlin trying to help Sen. Sanders' campaign.
- Shelby Pierson, a top election security official, informed members of congress that the Kremlin is trying to meddle in the elections by trying to help Trump, once again.
- Trump has dismissed the news as just another disinformation campaign instigated by the Democrats.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has won the Nevada presidential primary elections. The Vermont Senator leads the popular vote by 16 percentage points. U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Sanders for the win while adding that his team will have a lot of winning to do to win the main elections.
The victory comes amid reports of the Kremlin trying to help his campaign. Sanders has formally confirmed that U.S. intelligence officials warned him of these attempts. Speaking to journalists on Friday, the 78-year-old politician revealed that the conversation took place about a month ago. He made it clear that he does not support any election meddling efforts.
Russia Supporting Trump and Sanders?
Shelby Pierson, a top election security official, is alleged to have had a private meeting with members of the intelligence committee. He informed them that the Kremlin is trying to meddle in the elections by trying to help Trump, once again.
The president was reportedly livid after learning about the briefing. He is said to have criticized acting director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. His main concern was that Democrats could use such information to launch a smear campaign against him during his 2020 election season.
On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the reports paranoid. “This is another in a series of paranoid reports, and we regret to say that their number will grow as the election approaches. They certainly have nothing to do with the truth,” he said.
Trump has dismissed the news as just another disinformation campaign instigated by the Democrats. Speaking to his supporters at a Nevada rally a few days ago, the president said that his political opponents were spreading disingenuous propaganda to undermine his legitimacy.
“They said today that Putin wants to be sure that Trump gets elected, here we go again. Here we go again. Did you see it? Aren’t people bored? I was told a week ago, they said, ‘you know, they are trying to start a rumor,’ it’s disinformation. That’s the only thing they’re good at.”
He also commented on the Russia-Sanders political saga and said that the whole fiasco was a ruse intended to discredit the senator as a credible politician.
Hillary Clinton has also spoken amid the new Russia interference allegations and called Trump a puppet controlled by the Kremlin. “Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help for himself,” she tweeted. “He knows he can’t win without it. And we can’t let it happen.”
Trump has repeatedly denied ties to the Kremlin. There have been numerous allegations of communication between some members of his election campaign and Russian government representatives. The Mueller investigation claimed that at least 17 of Trump’s close associates were in communication with Kremlin officials in the months leading up to the 2016 elections.