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

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

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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 John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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.