O'Brien made it a point to state that Russia is not working to get President Trump re-elected.
Russia does not appear to be actively working to reelect President Donald Trump, according to a report that says an intelligence briefer likely exaggerated Russia’s purported preferences.
Three national security officials said the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee was overstated, according to a CNN report on Sunday. That’s an assessment that National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien agreed with during an interview Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
The official who briefed the committee, Shelby Pierson, suggested that Russia not only preferred Trump win the next U.S. presidential election, but was working to get it done in some way. But sources told CNN that the U.S. has no proof that Russian interference is specifically working towards a Trump victory.
“What I heard from the FBI is that Russia would like [Independent Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders to win the Democrat nomination and probably like him to be president, understandably, because he wants to spend money on social programs and probably have to take it out of the military,” O’Brien said. “That would make sense. Look, the Russians have always tried to interfere with elections. They want to divide Americans, they want to undermine our democracy. But the idea they want … the president to win, I just don’t see it.”