National security adviser: 'I haven't seen any intelligence' that Russia is trying to help Trump

National security adviser Robert O'Brien is rejecting reports that the U.S. intelligence community believes Russia is interfering in the 2020 presidential election with the goal of reelecting President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE.  

"I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump reelected," O'Brien said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" to be broadcast on Sunday. "I think this is the same old story that we've heard before. ... We've been very tough on Russia, and we've been great on election security. So I think it's a nonstory."

A senior intelligence official earlier this month briefed a bipartisan group of House lawmakers and said that Russia had a "developed preference" to reelect Trump, according to reports published last week. Trump reportedly lashed out at Joseph Maguire, then his acting director of national intelligence, after the briefing, claiming that his staff had shown disloyalty by speaking to Congress about the issue. 

The president has repeatedly dismissed the intelligence in the ensuing days, tweeting on Friday that the news was "another misinformation campaign" being launched by the Democrats in Congress. 

ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote Pelosi signals Kinzinger's likely appointment to Jan. 6 panel MORE consistently pressed O'Brien about the recent reports, at one point asking whether Shelby Pierson, the official who offered the intelligence, was lying. O'Brien demurred before later stating that Republican lawmakers who were briefed told him "that there was zero intelligence that was proffered to them to support that sort of comment."


He then doubled down, stating that he has not seen any intelligence suggesting Russia is interfering in 2020 to help Trump. 

"What I'm saying is I have not seen that analysis. No one's briefed me on it, including the leadership of the [intelligence community]," O'Brien said, describing the news reports about Russian interference as "leaks" and stating that no leaders in the intelligence community have similar analysis. 

Pushed on whether he's asked for the intelligence on Russia, O'Brien said, "I'd be happy to take a look at it. I just haven't seen it."

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Moscow worked to interfere in the 2016 election to benefit Trump and harm Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress earlier this year that Russia's efforts "never stopped" in the wake of that election. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (I-Vt.) acknowledged to reporters on Friday that U.S. intel officials briefed him that Moscow is working to interfere in the Democratic primary to aid his candidacy. Sanders said that he was briefed on Russian interference efforts "about a month ago" and speculated that the news was timed to come out on the eve of the Nevada caucuses.

O'Brien during the ABC interview described reports that Russia wants to help Sanders as "no surprise" but sharply pushed back against ones dealing with Trump. 

The comments from the national security adviser came as the president makes a number of personnel changes within his administration. Last Wednesday, he announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, would be his acting director of national intelligence. Trump was expected to nominate Maguire but reportedly soured on him in response to the intelligence briefing. O'Brien denied that Trump was angry with him after learning of the briefing.