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 McCainDem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship Cindy McCain takes aim at Trump: We need a strong leader, 'not a negative Nancy' 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 TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks 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 RubioHillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020 Rubio defends '3 point kick' analogy: 'You think everyone who follows politics knows what a field goal is?' Lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill targeting China's treatment of Muslims MORE (Fl.), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJim Carrey on potentially losing fans over his anti-Trump Twitter art: 'Lose them' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks Graham urges GOP leadership to bring vote on criminal justice reform MORE (Ky.) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCalif. congresswoman-elect bumps into Pelosi at airport How this year’s freshmen can save the Congress — and themselves Democrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters MORE (Wi.) were also among those shown to be targeted by Russian messaging.