U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia To Reelect Trump
William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned in August that Russia is working to help reelect President Donald Trump and implied that both the president and his Republican allies are actively cooperating in the effort.
- New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait reported at the time that Evanina’s warning said “pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party.”
- Chait noted that Derkach has openly worked with Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in Giuliani’s effort to smear Biden’s anti-corruption work in Ukraine as an attempt to enrich his son, Hunter.
Chait also wrote,
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are holding hearings in an attempt to substantiate this charge — or, more realistically, to insinuate it. They have produced no evidence to advance their charge. The Russians have given Republicans stolen tapes of secret conversations Biden held with Ukrainians during his tenure as vice-president, and pro-Trump media outlets have hyped up the material, but nothing they have is inconsistent with the narrative that mainstream news organizations found. Biden was working to clean up Ukraine.
The Washington Post reported that Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson received secret documents from Ukrainians. And former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has confessed to putting Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and perhaps Trump’s most energetic defender on all things Russia, in touch with one of the Ukrainians releasing documents in the United States.