Many Democratic lawmakers have been pushing the narrative that Russia affected the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and poses an existential threat to America.

But Russia's actual goals and motives largely remain a mystery.

Tonight, Tucker Carlson spoke to Russian Studies Professor Stephen Cohen, who says that President-elect Donald Trump should cooperate with Moscow.

Cohen explained that we can't deal with many of our biggest threats - such as terrorism and nuclear proliferation - without Russia's help.

He said that Trump seems to understand this, while many people in Washington regard Russia as the number one threat to the U.S.

"They don't know the dangers, they don't know Putin's real role in the world. He is far from the greatest threat to America," Cohen said. "Today, Putin is the Darth Vader of the East. It isn't true."

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