Intel Officials Warn of Possible Russian Interference in 2020 Election

Headline Roundup February 21st, 2020

Officials have warned members of the House Intelligence Committee that Russia intends to interfere in the upcoming election in support of President Donald Trump. Trump reportedly expressed his displeasure with intelligence community officers for disclosing this information to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), lead House manager in the president's impeachment trial.

Some left-leaning voices focused on potential evidence of the reports and speculated about the consequences of Russian interference in US elections. Some right-leaning sources pushed back on the seriousness of the claims.

Intel Officials Warn of Possible Russian Interference in 2020 Election

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

Washington (CNN) - It's happening again.

America is blundering into a new Russia election-meddling hall of mirrors that's already doing Moscow's work: tearing fresh political divides and threatening to again tarnish democracy's most sacred moment, a national election.
Revelations Thursday about intelligence assessments that Russia has launched a new interference effort to help reelect Donald Trump -- and the President's furious reaction -- mark the return of a recurring nightmare for the country just nine months before the presidential election.

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, according to three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing.

Trump pushed back Friday accusing Democrats of launching a disinformation campaign.

“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa. Hoax number 7!” Trump tweeted.

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From the Right
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OPINION

The New York Times reported on Thursday that "intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected."

I'm not convinced that gives full context to the briefing. I suspect a Democratic member asked a briefer something along the lines of, "Do you assess that Russia is trying to reelect Trump?" The briefer then probably offered a hedged response in the affirmative. I believe the core of the briefing was likely situated around an assessment that Russia is...

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