Stunning development in heated Democratic primary

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl discusses a U.S. Intelligence official’s concern about Russians using Bernie Sanders to help the President get reelected.
1:26 | 02/22/20

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A spring and Jon Karl now at the White House John as you pointed out in your piece this was a pretty stunning development was Sanders but. Is it fair to say that we shouldn't be that surprised that Russia would play both sides of the aisle here. We really shouldn't be that surprised care when you look back to what happening to 4016 in the intelligence community's findings. That the primary goal of what Russia was doing here was to showed just sow discord. It our political system and in fact. They didn't believe that Donald Trump had a chance to win necessarily. They want it to weaken Hillary Clinton and divide the American political system and it seems very much that's what's going on here again. Now congress has known about this threat of Russia's ongoing interference since 2016. But. Does the political environment today make it impossible to can bat them effectively. Well I. I have to say I've had many conversations with senior officials including senior intelligence officials. Over the past a couple of years on this looking ahead to whether Russia would interfere bulls in the mid term elections and when he. Eighteen and this presidential election. And ended the message you here and I hear this. Consistently is there is a serious effort under way to combat this and that the president may expressed doubts or the president may sound off on. On this when the issue comes up but the eight lower down there are serious efforts under way to try to deal with this issue. John Carl from the White House John thanks.

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