White House National Security Adviser denies Russia’s meddling to help Trump

This comes after former National Security Adviser Joe Maguire warned about Russia’s meddling in the 2020 election.
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Now to another breaking headline tonight -- the U.S. Intel clash over Russia's interference in the 2020 election. National security adviser Robert o'brien telling George Stephanopoulos he's seen in evidence of Russia taking action to help president trump win re-election. This comes after the president reportedly berated his former director of national intelligence after his office said the exact opposite. ABC's David Wright is in Washington. Reporter: Tonight, the president's national security adviser flatly denies Russia is trying to help president trump win re-election, contradicting a U.S. Intelligence report. I have not seen that, and I get pretty good access. Reporter: Speaking with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing tomorrow on "This week," national security advisor Robert o'brien claims the former acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire got it wrong when his officials briefed the house intelligence committee that Russia is trying to help the president. Are you really saying you've seen absolutely no Intel analysis from the intelligence community showing that one of Russia's aims, just one of Russia's aims, is to favor president trump? No analysis at all? No, what I'm talking about, I've seen no intelligence, and I haven't seen that analysis. Reporter: President trump was reportedly furious with Maguire and dressed him down. But o'brien disputes that, too. The president was not angry with Joe Maguire. He thinks very highly of admiral Maguire and would have liked him to stay in government in a different role. Reporter: Maguire resigned Friday after being pushed out as director of national intelligence. He's now been replaced by a trump loyalist, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard grenell, who has no intelligence experience. President trump has tried to discredit the intelligence report from his own administration by claiming Democrats were behind it. They said today that Putin wants to be sure that trump gets elected. Here we go again. Reporter: The president has instead highlighted reports that Russia is trying to help Bernie Sanders. For his part, Sanders acknowledges he has been briefed by intelligence officials but has made it clear he does not want Russia's help. We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are going to get involved in this campaign. And look, here's the message to Russia -- stay out of American elections. Reporter: These latest comments from the president's national security adviser are bound to raise some eyebrows especially after yesterday's shake-up in the nation's intelligence leadership. There's growing concern here in Washington that the president may be trying to bring the intelligence agencies to heel and turn them into a partisan tool. Tom? David Wright with that developing story tonight.

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