Democratic senator: It's 'pretty clear' Russia supports political right in US 'over and over again'

Democratic senator: It's 'pretty clear' Russia supports political right in US 'over and over again'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that it’s “pretty clear” that Russia has backed conservatives “over and over again” when interfering with American politics.

“They are involved every single day and analysis of what they’ve been doing on Twitter since 2016 has been pretty clear,” Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union." “They are weighing in over and over again in support of right causes, in support of Donald Trump’s political agenda.”

 

Murphy emphasized that Russia has “never stopped interfering in American politics” and doesn’t just take action during and involving elections.

The Connecticut Democrat continued by saying President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE has been a “gift” to Russia.

 

Murphy on Sunday also responded to earlier comments from national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who said on ABC News's “This Week" that it was “no surprise” reports on Russian interference indicated the country is pushing for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure Millennial momentum means trouble for the GOP Briahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' MORE (I-Vt.) to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

“Our national security adviser should stay out of politics, and that is a political statement,” the senator said.

Murphy’s comments come after reports that Russia is already attempting to meddle in the 2020 election surfaced last week. The reports indicate the country is attempting to assist Trump win reelection and help Sanders become the Democratic nominee. 

U.S. intelligence has concluded Russia interfered with the 2016 election, in support of Trump, although the president and his allies have denied its findings.