Report: Trump Has Had Nearly 20 Intelligence Briefings About Election Threats
Fox News reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials have “delivered nearly 20 classified briefings to both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns, political committees and members of Congress on election threats since mid-May”
- According to an official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “that the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, within ODNI, Bill Evanina, has been leading the election threat briefings.”
- The classified briefings have been delivered to “the Trump campaign, the Biden campaign, the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee and all members of Congress — including members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and congressional leadership,” according to the report.
- Officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies also have been present.
“The steps we have taken thus far to inform the public and other stakeholders on election threats are unprecedented for the Intelligence Community,” Evanina’s office said in a statement. “We will continue to provide updates.”
- Evanina has warned that Russia, China and Iran are “seeking to compromise” the 2020 election, with the latter two countries attempting to undermine Trump “while Russia is working to ‘primarily denigrate’ former Vice President Joe Biden.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s focus has been on undermining the U.S. Postal Service and keeping as many Americans as possible from voting by mail in the upcoming election, despite the ongoing pandemic and public fears over the coronavirus.