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Clinton calls Trump 'Putin's puppet' amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 MORE called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE "Putin's Puppet" and claimed he "can't win" without foreign help after a report this week said that intelligence officials are warning of Russian interference in the 2020 election.

"Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help for himself," Clinton, Trump's 2016 election rival, tweeted Friday. "He knows he can’t win without it. And we can’t let it happen."

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Her tweet comes in response to reports that Trump chose not to nominate his acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireRetired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid says he voted for Biden Congressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE on a permanent basis and accused him of disloyalty because of a briefing on election security to the House Intelligence Committee.

During the briefing, intelligence officials reportedly told lawmakers that Russia was again interfering in the U.S. election with the goal of helping reelect Trump. The president was worried that Democrats on the committee would use the intelligence information against him, The New York Times reported.

Many Democrats have seized on the new reports to address election security and interference from Russia, hitting Trump for not taking a tougher stance.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted Thursday that "now we know why" Senate Republicans continue blocking election security bills, linking to the Times article.

"They'd rather let Putin win than stand up to President Trump," Schumer tweeted.

Clinton first used the term on the campaign trail, saying if he won he would be "Putin's puppet," referring to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinScarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump Kremlin: Biden encouraging hatred of Russia President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE. She has frequently referred to Trump as "Putin's puppet" since intelligence officials confirmed Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to boost Trump.

Since the election, Democrats have sought to pass election security bills to protect U.S. infrastructure, though House-passed efforts have stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate. 

Trump dismissed new reports of meddling on Friday as a Democratic "misinformation campaign," appearing to break with his own intelligence community.