According to information gathered by Reuters from a congressional source on Friday, there are claims that intelligence officials have briefed lawmakers about Russia’s plans to help Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and President Trump in the forthcoming 2020 Presidential elections.
In reaction to these claims, President Donald Trump denied any prior knowledge of this intel, as he was quoted to have said that he only read about Russia helping Bernie Sanders and that nobody said anything to him about it at all.
Also, President Trump also said that he believes that the claims about Russia offering help to Sanders were leaked by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff.
In his words, President Trump claimed that Adam Schiff and his group leaked the information to the media ‘as usual’, to hurt Sanders’ presidential ambitions.
He continued by saying that Democrats are being unfair to Sanders, and that there is a need for an investigation to be carried out on Adam Schiff for leaking such sensitive information out of intelligence.
But Chairman Schiff, who was the Lead Prosecutor in President Trump’s impeachment trial, was not having any of that, and in response to the president’s accusations, Schiff said that the president was only trying to shift the attention of the media and the world from his (Trump’s) actions with his accusations.
“Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one,” he wrote in a tweet. “You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again.”, Schiff said.
Meanwhile, asides from Trump, other officials in the administration such as the White House National Security Adviser, are also denying the reports of Trump getting help from Russia in the forthcoming election.
In his words to ABC’s ‘This Week’, Robert O’Brien stressed that he hasn’t seen any information about Russia helping Trump get re-elected in 2020.
In the light of these happenings about the leaked Intel, President Trump has been reported to have removed and replaced Joseph Maguire, his Acting Director of National Intelligence with Ambassador Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
In time past, President Trump has repeatedly denied findings made by U. S. Intelligence claiming that Russia provided help to aid his triumph over Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election.
And this is why Trump’s questions about Russia’s involvement in Sanders’ political aspiration is not coming as a surprise, as it seems that Trump is playing at backing Sanders, who he (Trump) believed that the Democrats didn’t give the same privilege they gave Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary election.
In his words, “I think what it could be is, you know, the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly and it sounds to me like a leak from Adam Schiff because they don’t want Bernie Sanders to represent them. It sounds like it’s (2016) all over again for Bernie Sanders,” Trump said.
Regardless of all these, Trump is anticipating to compete with Sanders in the forthcoming elections, to buttress his claims that the Democrats are championing a socialist agenda.