Clyburn on Russian election meddling: 'There is something going wrong'

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the No. 3 Democrat in the House, expressed alarm on at recent reports that Russia is trying to meddle in the 2020 election. 

Clyburn, the House majority whip, told Greta Van Susteren on her show "Full Court Press" in an interview set to air Sunday that he’s had concerns about interference from Moscow since before the 2016 election. 

U.S. intelligence agencies, the Senate Intelligence Committee and information reported by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE found that Russia unleashed a complex disinformation campaign on social media and attempted to hack U.S. election databases in 2016. 


"I have been very concerned about that, and I have been for a long, long time," he said on"Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren." "I always believed that the Russians have been at this for a long time."

Clyburn underscored South Carolina’s 2010 Senate race in which Democrat Alvin Michael Greene bested the party’s chosen candidate in a primary and was ultimately trounced in the general election.

“Something went wrong in this primary. People dismissed it,” he said. “I say again, there is something going wrong not just in these presidentials, but there's some things happening in these primaries all over the country.”

The remarks come after intelligence reports emerged that Russia is attempting to take efforts to boost the campaigns of President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill MORE (I-Vt.). Sanders confirmed Friday he had been briefed on Moscow’s plans a month ago. 

“We have the most productive, the most admired democracy in the world, and it is getting under a lot of countries' skins, and they are doing whatever they can to disrupt, to sow discord, to do whatever they can to make it look as if democracy cannot work,” said Clyburn. “And for me as a descendant of slaves to sit here and say this democracy is worth preserving.”


Sanders has hammered Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlinken, Lavrov to meet next week Former Russian mayor who encouraged pro-Navalny protests is jailed China's emissions now eclipse the developed world — preventing climate protection MORE since the news emerged, saying he is no friend of Moscow’s leader.

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

Trump has dismissed claims Russia is working to boost his reelection effort, calling the news a Democratic-led “misinformation campaign.”

“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa,” Trump said, referring to delayed results from the Iowa caucuses.