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Intel officials warn Congress of election interference

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/21/20, 12:32 pm

WASHINGTON—Russia is actively meddling in the 2020 presidential election process, intelligence officers told a bipartisan meeting of House lawmakers on Feb. 13. A New York Times report said officials warned that the Russians are working to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, a conclusion Republicans dispute. They say Trump has been tough on Russia so it doesn’t make sense that the Kremlin would want him reelected.

How are the Russians interfering? U.S. officials said Russian operatives were using the same methods as during the 2016 campaign to spread misinformation and stir up controversy online. During the 2016 primary season, the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency ordered employees to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest except for Sanders and Trump—we support them,” according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s 2019 investigation.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about early indications of Russian interference in the Democratic presidential primary race.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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    Posted: Fri, 02/21/2020 03:49 pm

    If Putin is working hard to make everyone but Trump look bad, he isn't doing a very good job.

    Posted: Fri, 02/21/2020 03:52 pm

    We trust what intelligence officers and the New York Times tells us, WHY???

    And if ANY of this is true, which I doubt, this is Trump's fault, HOW???

    Posted: Fri, 02/21/2020 03:54 pm

    Putin is messing with us. He is now rolling on the floor laughing his head off.

    He knows Trump's re-election will make some heads explode. (I can name a few.)

  • VolunteerBB
    Posted: Sat, 02/22/2020 01:35 pm

    I just don't understand how people can get their information about voting from stupid ads they see on FB or any other internet trolling.  Look at the person's voting record if there is one, investigate their proposed policies, read what they write and listen to their speeches.  And pray.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 02/22/2020 09:49 pm

    Understand and share your concern, but we have always had low-information voters   .  And it’s hard to say there are more now than earlier in our history. Of course, there are plenty of politicians who prefer we have little real knowledge or understanding of what they stand for and what they are doing while on our payroll.