Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker warned Russia is “trying to interfere in 2020” during remarks at the Oxford Union in the UK on Friday, remarks that came after it was revealed that a Capitol Hill briefing on Russia’s continued election interference had angered President Donald Trump.
CNN has obtained a recording of Whitaker’s remarks. Whitaker, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told the audience at Oxford that law enforcement officials at the Justice Department and the FBI were constantly on guard against the Russian threat to US elections.
“I am never going to deny that Russia tried to interfere in 2016,” Whitaker said. “They tried to interfere in 2018. And they’re trying to interfere in 2020,” Whitaker said, adding the Kremlin’s efforts go back to the Reagan administration.