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Congressman Maloney is a member of the house intelligence committee that means he was also in the room last week for the briefing in which the committee was reportedly told that Russia is out to help Donald Trump win the presidency again congressman we always appreciate your time thanks for coming on today my pleasure I know that was a classified briefing last week and there are things you can't say what can you tell us about what the trump administration's election security official Selby Shelby Pearson told the committee well I can't speak in detail about what what's the the movie was in a classified setting what I can tell you is that you know Russia interfered in our elections last time it is continuing to do so it is done so around the world by the way in other elections entities and in the news crystal clear that they prefer Donald Trump now I understand the administration wants to shoot the messenger but this is a serious national security issue and and I've said to administration officials you know if you told me that the Iranians you know want to defeat Donald Trump because he killed the general Soleimani I wouldn't say oh you're just trying to make a political argument that the Iranians prefer Democrats I would understand the logic of opposing you know an opponent of the regime in their eyes but I I I by the same measure expect them to recognize that Gladden your Putin who has said publicly he supported Donald trump over Hillary Clinton continues to prefer this president to the alternative it and so they just need to open their eyes and stopped in nine rounds we played the club just before you came on of trump's national security adviser Robert o'brien on television this weekend saying we've been very tough on Russia and we've been great on election security so I think it's a non story do you think they've been great on election security it depends on who that pronoun refers to if you're talking about Paul Nakatani who runs the NSA run cyber command who has the less than a the most important job on defending our elections then I agree that all night sorry the general who runs an essay is great at the agency level they are focused on this problem and I try to we we sure my my my my constituents that they're a lot of good people in your government who still take this stuff seriously we have exquisite abilities that we all pay for and we will deploy them to keep our elections safe and free but it matters a lot the signal they get from the White House it matters a lot that that these agencies not be cooperative the way we've seen at the justice department or the state department by trump loyalists who will say or do anything that could make the president happy there's too much at stake in o'brien did say in the clip even though this was a classified briefing that he has seen no intelligence that suggest Russia is trying to help trump have you seen any such intelligence I can't comment on the content of classified material that I've been retelling what has been publicly reported that I'm aware of suggests that you know that the that the books are statements by the national security adviser he doesn't have a lot of credibility with me most of these people around the president now are there for one regional entities compare it without thinking about whatever the president says for once and that is not the same thing is keeping our country safe will keep in our elections here for the rest of us after all these people accountable another part of that story as we reference just before you came on is that Bernie Sanders has acknowledged that he was briefed the Russia is trying to help him in the democratic primaries and we played a clip of senator Sanders from twenty eighteen a speech at Johns Hopkins called building a global democratic movement to counter Thor tarian isn't that excerpt was also quoted in Michelle Goldberg's New York times column today and she wrote that by contrast under trump the US has abandoned even the pretense of backing democracy and human rights and I see in this morning's news trump is in India in a city that NPR's reporter describes as literally plastered with posters of trump holding hands with their Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi's and I don't think Sanders will be doing that so I gather you're a Joe Biden supporter in the primaries but how much would you describe as a false equivalency the claim that Bernie Sanders would be like Donald Trump when it comes to Russia and enabling authoritarianism yeah well I will neither was I mean in other words I I I don't think that anybody has to be confused that Donald Trump has been cozying up to dictators in a way that is offensive and an unjustifiable but I would feel better if if one of the leading democratic candidates wasn't also for bizarre reasons emphasizing how great parts of the Cuban regime more or or if he hadn't decided to honeymoon in Moscow at the height of the Soviet Union and those are also very questionable choices and and things that emphasize for major American politicians I don't like any of it I wish people were clear that they had these dictatorial regimes are bad and are at odds with American values although as far as it pertains to the president and of course many things have been brought up the Sanders supporters would say about Joe Biden and things that he's said about race and sex it cetera going way back but they went way back then and now we play the clippers all the respect I don't know what that has to do with praising the Castro regime when you might want to win Florida in November so you're saying the things that Bernie Sanders said just recently about the Castro regime being not all bad I think there's something I think there's substantively sort all this analytically very dangerous when the moral imperative each year he's to be Donald Trump and anybody who's involved in themselves in some you know some some Ivy League seminar on what's good and what's bad about being even focus on winning this election and that's what I care about because if we put Donald Trump in the White House for four more years the consequences are devastating for everything we care about from the healthcare people sentenced to the environment okay receive quality climate change you know that everything so I with the Democratic Party would focus on how to win this election and I do not think the conversation about the good points of the Castro regime are helpful in any way so Bernie Sanders is going to be our nominee I hope I hope the focus is on winning you're in a Hudson Valley district that you represent it since twenty twelve