- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2020

President Trump on Sunday accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff of leaking information that Russia was helping Sen. Bernard Sanders in the Democratic primary, as part of an establishment effort to undermine his candidacy.

“I have not been briefed on that at all. Nobody told me about it,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “They ought to investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that intelligence. He should not be leaking information out of intelligence.”

U.S. officials have told Mr. Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, but Mr. Trump said he hasn’t been briefed on it.

The president also said he believes the leak is part of the Democratic Party’s effort to spoil the candidacy of Mr. Sanders, the socialist who won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday and is the party’s frontrunner in polls.

“He had a great victory yesterday, but you know what happening, you can see the handwriting on the wall,” Mr. Trump said. “What it could be is, you know, the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly and it sounds to me like 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.”

The president said he believes Mr. Sanders will become the Democratic nominee “unless they cheat him out of it.”

“Bernie is looking more and more like he’ll be the nominee,” he said. “A lot of people thought he was going to be nominee last time, but it didn’t work out. I think they’re watching it very closely.”

Mr. Sanders said he doesn’t care which candidate is preferred by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said Moscow should “stay out” of the U.S. election.

The president made his comments as he departed on a trip to India.

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