Posted by: maboulette | February 23, 2020

The Russians Are/Are Not Interfering With 2020 Elections

Russian trolls

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday that Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 election and said the government has to take safeguards against this meddling.


Whitaker stated:

“I am never going to deny that Russia tried to interfere in 2016,” Whitaker said at the Oxford Union in the U.K., according to audio obtained by CNN. “They tried to interfere in 2018. And they’re trying to interfere in 2020.”

“We have to be on guard, at the Department of Justice, especially at the FBI, we had a unique view as to how to interrupt their effort. It’s a counterespionage, counterintelligence, all of the kind of things that you do when other countries are trying to interfere in your domestic elections.”


The remarks came after it was reported that the intelligence community’s top election security official briefed lawmakers last week that Russia is believed to be preparing to interfere in the 2020 election to help President Trump win in November.  The briefing reportedly included details on Russia’s efforts to hack databases, expand its social media disinformation campaign and attack election infrastructure.


But, as of today, (Sunday Feb. 23rd) – President Trump is telling the press that there is no truth in the information that the Russian’s are interfering in Trump’s campaign.  But many believe that this is disinformation on President Trump’s part.  So, from now possibly until the election, anyone should be careful of everything that Trump says about anything.  Members of his administration made the rounds of the Sunday political shows saying there is no truth to Russia helping Trump but adding that Russians are helping Bernie Sanders – the current leader in the nomination for the Democratic Party.


Trump is also saying that if any information is being leaked from lawmakers’ briefing, it is being leaked by Rep. Adam Schiff.  Which led to this tweet from Schiff:

“Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again.”

This is just the beginning of what many pundits are saying will be a very nasty and vindictive election. And of course, we will not be able to believe anything that President Trump says.


Here is an interesting fact on our President and his tweeting.   When Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien convenes meeting with NSC officials, he often opens by distributing printouts of Trump’s tweets on the subject at hand.  Their job is to find ways of justifying, enacting or explaining Trump’s policy.  I can’t imagine what it is like to work for Donald J. Trump.


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