'Mr. President, I Didn't Say That': Adam Schiff Responds to Trump's Tweet Claiming He Suggested Russia Is 'Pushing' for Sanders to Win

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff refuted a tweet sent by President Donald Trump, which claimed the House Intelligence committee chairman said Russia is "pushing" for Senator Bernie Sanders to win the White House.

"Democrats in the Great State of Nevada (Which, because of the Economy, Jobs, the Military & Vets, I will win in November), be careful of Russia, Russia, Russia. According to Corrupt politician Adam 'Shifty' Schiff, they are pushing for Crazy Bernie Sanders to win. Vote!" the president tweeted Saturday, which is also the day of the Nevada caucuses.

Democrats in the Great State of Nevada (Which, because of the Economy, Jobs, the Military & Vets, I will win in November), be careful of Russia, Russia, Russia. According to Corrupt politician Adam “Shifty” Schiff, they are pushing for Crazy Bernie Sanders to win. Vote!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2020

Schiff, one of the major Democratic figures who led the House's impeachment of the president, responded about two hours after Trump's tweet: "Mr. President, I didn't say that. But if you wish to quote me, quote this: 'The only thing Americans despise more than foreign actors trying to affect the vote is a president unwilling to do anything to stop it.' Americans decide American elections."

Mr. President, I didn’t say that. But if you wish to quote me, quote this:

”The only thing Americans despise more than foreign actors trying to affect the vote is a president unwilling to do anything to stop it.”

Americans decide American elections. https://t.co/LEbVzb39Jf

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 22, 2020

Trump's latest tweet came amid a Washington Post report Friday that said the Sanders campaign was warned by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia is attempting to bolster his bid for the presidency.

The Post article stated that Sanders "offered few details" regarding what his campaign was told by officials. "Well, it was not clear what role they're going to play. We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are going to get involved in this campaign," Sanders told reporters Friday.

In response to the report, Sanders released a statement, saying: "I don't care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president. My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do," referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This is not the first report to come out stating that Russia is once again meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Lawmakers have already been informed by the intelligence community "that Russia intended to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries and the general election" and want to get Donald Trump reelected to office, according to a New York Times article Thursday.

Trump was angered by the intelligence briefing to lawmakers, as reported in the Times, because he felt Democrats would "weaponize" the information. That led to the ousters of Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and his deputy. It prompted former CIA Director William Brennan to comment Friday: "Two non-partisan national security professionals have been removed at the helm of the intelligence community – Joe Maguire and then Andrew Hallman. That is a virtual decapitation of the intelligence community."

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters in the Senate basement at the U.S. Capitol as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty