McCaskill calls Russian meddling in elections 'a form of warfare'

McCaskill calls Russian meddling in elections 'a form of warfare'

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens tangles with Hugh Hewitt in testy interview The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality MORE (D-Mo.) said early Sunday that any attempt by Russia to meddle in the United States presidential election would be “a form of warfare.” 

“This should be not only about protecting us going forward, but this is a form of warfare,” McCaskill told ABC’s “This Week.”

McCaskill was responding to recent reports that that CIA concluded Russia tried to interfere in the presidential election to help Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE win.

“For him to be trying to impact our election, he has to be held accountable,” she added, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a "thug."

The Obama administration in October formally accused Russia of trying to meddle in the election. A recent report in The Washington Post says the CIA found that Russia was trying to help elect Trump.