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 McCainCrenshaw to Trump: 'Stop talking about McCain' Vietnam Veterans of America 'chagrined' Trump won't let McCain 'rest in peace' National Cathedral says Trump didn't need to give 'approval' for McCain funeral 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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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."

Republican Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio's pragmatic thinking on China The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE (Fl.), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRock the Vote President says Dem reform bill 'shines a light' on dark money The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP MORE (Ky.) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (Wi.) were also among those shown to be targeted by Russian messaging.