August 8, 2020 at 11:20 AM EDT
Russia is interfering with 2020 election, consultants warn
Russia is “utilizing a variety of measures” to intervene within the 2020 election and has enlisted a pro-Russian lawmaker from Ukraine — who has met with President Trump’s private lawyer — “to undermine former vp [Joe] Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Social gathering,” a prime U.S. intelligence official mentioned in an announcement Friday.
The remarks by William Evanina, director of the Nationwide Counterintelligence and Safety Middle, had been a number of the most detailed so far about international interference within the presidential race and are available after earlier criticism from Democratic lawmakers that Evanina had not shared with the general public a number of the alarming intelligence he gave them in labeled briefings.
Evanina additionally mentioned that the federal government of China doesn’t need Trump to win reelection in November, seeing the incumbent as “unpredictable.” Evanina described China’s efforts so far as largely rhetorical and geared toward shaping coverage and criticizing the Trump administration for actions Beijing sees as dangerous to its long-term strategic pursuits.
In contrast, Evanina described Russia as actively engaged in efforts which are harking back to the Kremlin’s makes an attempt to affect the result of the 2016 election. “We assess that Russia is utilizing a variety of measures to primarily denigrate former vp Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘institution,’ ” Evanina mentioned.
By Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima and Josh Dawsey