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Officials told Bernie Sanders Russia is trying to help his campaign

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  • US officials told Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont that the Russian government is working to help him win the Democratic nomination for president, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
  • The revelation comes after an election security official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence told lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Russians are also working to help President Donald Trump get reelected.
  • Trump and congressional lawmakers were reportedly informed of Russia’s campaign to help Sanders clinch the Democratic nomination, but the type and scope of the Kremlin’s interference is still unclear.
  • “I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir Putin] wants to be president,” Sanders told the Post in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
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US officials told Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont that the Russian government is working to help him win the Democratic nomination for president, the Washington Post reported on Friday. 

“I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir Putin] wants to be president,” Sanders told the Post in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”

The revelation comes after an election security official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence told lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Russians are also working to help President Donald Trump get reelected.

According to the Post, Trump and congressional lawmakers were also informed of Russia’s campaign to help Sanders clinch the Democratic nomination, but the type and scope of the Kremlin’s interference is still unclear.

Sanders also suggested, after being told that Russia was working to help his campaign, that the Russian government may be responsible for “some of the ugly stuff on the internet attributed to our campaign.”

In a longer statement his campaign put out after the Post’s story broke, Sanders excoriated Putin as an “autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia.”

“Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election.”

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