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Russian Interference in the 2020 Election


They're back....

(CNN) - NYT: Intelligence officials say Russia trying to get Trump reelected

Intelligence officials warned lawmakers earlier this month that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to get President Donald Trump reelected, five people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.

Following the February 13 briefing, Trump chastised outgoing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire for allowing the briefing to take place, the paper said, citing people familiar with the exchange, because he was concerned the Democrats present would use it against him.

Trump's allies also repeatedly challenged the conclusions presented during the briefing, the paper said.

On Wednesday, Trump announced he was naming Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist and current US ambassador to Germany, as acting DNI despite him not having experience in intelligence. Two administration officials told the Times the timing of the Grenell announcement and Russia intelligence report is coincidental.



Yeah, right. NOTHING the Trump Administration does is "coincidental."

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Well, here we go....

If I'm unstanding the reporting on MSNBC correctly, Trump was completely furious that Maguire included Adam Schiff in the briefing -- and replaced him with a new DNI.

Because, you know, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee should NOT be briefed on intelligence matters. Got it....

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I sure hope everybody has backup paper ballots.

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I really wish EVERYONE would use the system our county uses.

We have a paper ballot with the names of the candidates right on the page. We use a black marker to select our candidates. Then we feed it into a machine that tabulates the vote. The machine totals are electronically sent to wherever they're counted, and the paper ballots are kept at the city clerk's office.

So you get the best of both worlds -- quick counting and paper (no chads!) to recount for accuracy, if needed.

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I've seen various items in the news that the Russians are working to re-elect Trump. The Democrats just might help. That debate was not a debate. It was third grade recess.
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quote:

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I've seen various items in the news that the Russians are working to re-elect Trump.



Of course they are. I've been convinced since the 2016 election that those horrible people who call themselves Bernie Bros are mostly (or are lead by) Russians. They attacked and smeared Hillary last time and they'll attack and smear any Democrat who isn't Bernie this time. They'd LOVE to have Bernie to run against. They could convince a substantial portion of the US that Bernie is an old Soviet-style commie.


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To Lis's and Cooter's points...


Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.

By Adam Goldman, Julian E. Barnes, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos | Feb. 20, 2020Updated 7:01 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that he has been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans.

That intelligence official, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire who has a reputation of delivering intelligence in somewhat blunt terms. The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and long an aggressively vocal Trump supporter.

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Part of the president’s anger over the intelligence briefing stemmed from the administration’s reluctance to provide sensitive information to Mr. Schiff. He has been a leading critic of Mr. Trump since 2016, doggedly investigating Russian election interference and later leading the impeachment inquiry into the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

After asking about the briefing that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies gave to the House, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Schiff would “weaponize” the intelligence about Russia’s support for him, according to a person familiar with the briefing. And he was angry that no one had told him sooner about the briefing, the person said.

Mr. Trump has fixated on Mr. Schiff since the impeachment saga began, pummeling him publicly with insults and unfounded accusations of corruption. At one point in October, Mr. Trump refused to invite lawmakers from the congressional intelligence committees to a White House briefing on Syria because he did not want Mr. Schiff there, according to three people briefed on the matter.

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The intelligence community issued an assessment in early 2017 that President Vladimir V. Putin personally ordered an influence campaign in the previous year’s election and developed “a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” But Republicans have long argued that Moscow’s campaign was designed to sow chaos, not aid Mr. Trump specifically.

And some Republicans have accused the intelligence agencies of opposing Mr. Trump, but intelligence officials reject those allegations. They fiercely guard their work as nonpartisan, saying it is the only way to ensure its validity.

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The Russians have been preparing — and experimenting — for the 2020 election, undeterred by American efforts to thwart them but aware that they needed a new playbook of as-yet-undetectable methods.

They have made more creative use of Facebook and other social media. Rather than impersonating Americans as they did in 2016, Russian operatives are working to get Americans to repeat disinformation to get around social media companies’ rules that prohibit “inauthentic speech.”

And they are working from servers located in the United States, rather than abroad, knowing that American intelligence agencies are prohibited from operating inside the country. (The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security can, with aid from the intelligence agencies.)

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One of Moscow’s main goals is undermining confidence in American election systems, intelligence officials have told lawmakers, seeking to sow doubts over close elections and recounts. Confronting those Russian efforts is difficult, officials have said, because they want to maintain American confidence in voting systems.

Much more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/us/politics/russian-interference-trump-democrats.html

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Want to PROVE you're not a puppet of Putin, Trump?

Tell all of the intelligence agencies they are free to investigate ANYTHING, even Russia, and see what they come up with.

A reporter on MSNBC just said that there is a "World Wide Threat" presentation, put on by the 17 intelligence agencies, where they invite the media in every year to tell the public what are the most important threats to the US for that year.

The agencies have CANCELLED the presentation this year, because the agency leaders are afraid of saying something that will bring backlash from Trump.

Good heavens....

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This is how autocrats keep the public uninformed.

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Rep Jim Himes (D) is on with Lawrence O'Donnell... They're discussing that guess who was at the center of this going to Trump?

Devin Nunes.

Apparently the DNI reported to the House and Senate Intelligence Committee members without necessarily telling Trump.

Devin Nunes went golfing with Trump and told him about the briefing. Then Nunes apparently tweeted the name of the new DNI even before Trump could talk to them.

Himes said that a staffer of Devin Nunes has been moved over to be the assistant to the new DNI.

Also, apparently the national intelligence officials talked about watering down the report to Congress, out of fear that Trump would be mad. But they decided that Congress needed the information. And look what happened....

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I wish Devin Nunes would crawl back into the slime from which he emerged.
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Susie, you are going to give slime a bad name!🙄
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quote:

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Susie, you are going to give slime a bad name!🙄



Sorry, Perf. emoticon
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From your fingertips to wherever the slime monster hears things....

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