USA intelligence officials last week told members of the House intelligence committee in a classified briefing that Russian Federation was interfering in the 2020 US presidential campaign ahead of November's election, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
The Washington Post, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, said USA officials had told Sanders about the Russian effort and had also informed Republican President Donald Trump and other United States lawmakers.
"I don't care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president", Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post.
Despite no evidence to support the idea that Russian Federation was the cause for Clinton's embarrassing defeat, the former secretary of state has placed blame on the US adversary anyway, because she believes the country couldn't have chosen Trump over her on their own volition.
According to the Daily Beast's report Thursday on the briefing lawmakers got on Russia's Trump-friendly interference, Shelby Pierson, an aide to Maguire, told the Hill that the meddling Russian Federation had engaged in 2016 had never stopped.
"In 2016, Russian Federation used internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020".
Russia, which has denied the US intelligence community assessment that it meddled in the 2016 election, called the allegations false on Friday.
Sanders's opponents have blamed some of his most vocal online supporters for injecting toxic rhetoric into the primaries. Several other Sanders detractors have made similar claims. "I'm not saying that's happening, but it would not shock me".
The February 13 briefing was reportedly delivered by Shelby Pierson, an aide to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who Trump is now replacing with Richard Grenell, the USA ambassador to Germany. Trump lambasted his acting intelligence director, Joseph Maguire, and DNI staff for sharing that information with lawmakers, believing that Democrats would use it to hurt Trump in the election.
In Bakersfield, California, Sanders told reporters "the intelligence community is telling us they are interfering in this campaign, right now, in 2020".
The Internet Research Agency was bankrolled by a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin, according to USA officials.