Trump: Schiff Is Leaking Info on Russia; Dems Don’t Want Sanders to Represent Them

By Melanie Arter | February 24, 2020 | 9:48am EST
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is leaking information on Russia, because the Democrats don’t want Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to represent them, President Donald Trump said Sunday.

In remarks on the south lawn of the White House before heading to India, Trump called it a “great win” for Sanders in the Nevada caucus, but he sounded the alarm that the Democratic Party might be trying to rig the election against the Democratic socialist.


“We'll see how it all turns out. They've got a lot of winning to do. I hope they treat him fairly. Frankly, I don’t care who I run against. I just hope they treat him fairly. I hope it's not going to be a rigged deal, because there's a lot of bad things going on, and I hope it's not going to be one of those. So we'll see what happens, but I congratulate Bernie Sanders, and if it's going to be him, he certainly has a substantial lead. We'll see what happens,” he said.

Asked whether he’s been briefed that Russia is trying to help Sanders win, the president said, “Nobody said it. I read where Russia is helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to me at all. Nobody briefed me about that at all. What they try and do is -- certain people like certain people to have information, no different than it's been, but I have not been briefed on that at all.:

The president called on Schiff to be investigated for leaking information from the House Intelligence Committee.

“Nobody told me about it. They leaked it. Adam Schiff and his group -- they leaked it to the papers and -- as usual. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that information. He should not be leaking information out of intelligence. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff,” he said.
When asked whether Russia is trying to help Sanders, Trump said, “You'll have to ask Bernie Sanders that. I mean, he'd know better than me. I have not been briefed to that effect, but you'll have to ask Bernie Sanders.”

Asked whether he’s concerned about Russian interference, the president said, “I think what it could be is, you know, the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly, and it sounds to me like a leak -- a leak from Adam Schiff, because they don’t want Bernie Sanders to represent them.  It sounds like it's '16 all over again for Bernie Sanders, and he won.  

“He had a great victory yesterday, but you know what's happening. You can see the handwriting on the wall, and I watched last time, with respect to him. And they might've tried to do it with me, but I was able to catch it. That would be a terrible thing if that were the case,” he said.


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