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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:11 PM

Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help [his] campaign
BY MAGGIE MILLER
02/21/20 04:39 PM EST
The Hill

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday acknowledged that he was briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections, with The Washington Post reporting that Russia has sought to help his presidential campaign.

The Post's report was published the day after The New York Times reported that House lawmakers were told by U.S. officials last week that Russia was also attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections to help the campaign of President Trump.

Sanders told reporters on the campaign trail Friday that he was briefed on Russian interference efforts "about a month ago," speculating that the news of potential Russian interference efforts came out now because it was on the eve of the Nevada caucuses.

"It was not clear what role they were going to play. We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are gonna get involved in this campaign," Sanders said.

"The ugly thing that they are doing, and I've seen some of their tweets and stuff, is they try to divide us up. That's what they did in 2016," he added.

Sanders described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "thug" in a statement on Friday, emphasizing that he stands "firmly against" Russian interference efforts.

"Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend. He is an autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia," Sanders said. "Let's be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election."

According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the report compiled by former special counsel Robert Mueller, Russian agents successfully launched a sweeping interference campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 elections designed to favor Trump's campaign that year.

These interference efforts included disinformation campaigns across social media platforms and targeting state election systems, with Russian agents successfully hacking into the voter registration database in Illinois and systems in two Florida counties. There is no evidence that any votes were changed.

Sanders addressed the previous Russian election interference in his statement on Friday, saying that "in 2016, Russia used internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020."

Sanders also described his campaign as the "strongest" in terms of having the chance to beat Trump in the election, pointing to "grassroots" funding efforts.

"I don't care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president," Sanders said in his statement. "My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do."

Sanders noted his concerns around Russian disinformation efforts during the Democratic debate earlier this week.

"All of us remember 2016, and what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our election and divide us up," Sanders said during the debate. "I'm not saying that's happening, but it would not shock me."

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 07:25 PM

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 07:27 PM

Time for a special prosecutor to be lined up just in case he wins. It's an "insurance" policy. Derp.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 08:27 PM

I'll say the same thing I said regarding Russia "helping Trump." They're not helping anyone but themselves. They're likely helping every candidate they can and hoping to get caught so that it undermines the people's faith in their government. Its essentially a psyop against the US as a whole and has nothing to do with helping any particular candidate.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 09:44 PM

View PostSeverian, on 21 February 2020 - 07:27 PM, said:

Time for a special prosecutor to be lined up just in case he wins. It's an "insurance" policy. Derp.

I’ll see your derp and raise you a derp.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 10:51 PM

I dunno guy's this "Intel leak" Just a "what if" here...The whole thing is those two Russian/Ukrainian disk jockeys that scammed Adam Schiff and some others..don't remember exactly who...But just suppose:):):)
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 11:09 PM

View Postkestrel, on 21 February 2020 - 10:51 PM, said:

I dunno guy's this "Intel leak" Just a "what if" here...The whole thing is those two Russian/Ukrainian disk jockeys that scammed Adam Schiff and some others..don't remember exactly who...But just suppose:):):)
Kestrel...

At least as credible as the “Russians helping Trump win the election.”
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 01:14 AM

Can't wait to hear what's in Bernie's dossier that the DNC paid for. Hookers and golden showers?
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:57 AM

Aha!! Now it's clear why a Socialist is winning these Leftist primaries, nobody wants all that free stuff, it's all just a hoax perpetrated by the Ruskies!! :sinister: OMG! They're helping Trump get elected again!!! :saywha: :giggle:

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 10:29 AM

Let's see, to go by past procedure: Briefed about Russia effort to help his campaign must mean load his campaign up with FBI informants, get a FISA court to authorize surveillance, and start getting ready to set the perjury traps, right?
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:47 AM

That's like a dream come true for Bernie!
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:51 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 21 February 2020 - 06:11 PM, said:

"Let's be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I...”

"in 2016, Russia used internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020."

Apparently by using you, Bernie, as their puppet.
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:02 PM

Well, they do have puppets and nice chandeliers. I hear going to a play cost the equivalent of a buck fifty.

The simple fact is, a Bernie presidency would greatly benefit the Russians. We would be financially, and morally, bankrupt and could not interfere with Russian meddling into other countries, if Bernie were our President.


Why wouldn't they want him?
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:03 PM

View PostModerator T, on 21 February 2020 - 08:27 PM, said:

I'll say the same thing I said regarding Russia "helping Trump." They're not helping anyone but themselves. They're likely helping every candidate they can and hoping to get caught so that it undermines the people's faith in their government. Its essentially a psyop against the US as a whole and has nothing to do with helping any particular candidate.


Hey, worked last time. Just look at how our media has divided this country. Why wouldn't they do it again.
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:44 PM

View Posterp, on 22 February 2020 - 12:02 PM, said:

Well, they do have puppets and nice chandeliers. I hear going to a play cost the equivalent of a buck fifty.

The simple fact is, a Bernie presidency would greatly benefit the Russians. We would be financially, and morally, bankrupt and could not interfere with Russian meddling into other countries, if Bernie were our President.


Why wouldn't they want him?

Of course they would. Few things are as obvious.
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