Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family

Meghan McCain called evidence unveiled Friday that Russia had targeted her late father Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump is right: Walls work on the southern border How news media omissions distort Russia probe narrative ... and shield Democrats Arizona city council halts work on mural honoring John McCain over ‘protocol’ concerns, neighbor complaints MORE "the highest compliment."

The daughter of the late Arizona senator was referring to a Justice Department complaint released Friday disclosing the degree to which Moscow is seeking to interfere in the United States. 

The complaint highlights some examples of how Russia used messaging to try to "sow discord" in the U.S. political system, including targeting McCain and Republican politicians.


Meghan McCain tweeted that the attacks against her father show "that Putin and Russia at large have always hated and felt so deeply threatened by him," which she described as an honor for her family.

Russians were instructed to portray McCain as "an old geezer who has lost it and who long ago belonged in a home for the elderly."

"Emphasize that John McCain’s pathological hatred toward Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE and towards all his initiatives crosses all reasonable borders and limits," the messaging highlighted in the complaint continues.

It also pushed Russians to portray McCain and other Republicans as "dishonorable scoundrels."

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