A U.S. intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday that contrary to news reports, there is no real evidence to suggest that Russia is acting to disrupt the 2020 election on behalf of President Donald Trump.
Unnamed sources had leaked information about a February 13 briefing to the House Intelligence Committee that suggested Russia was trying to affect the election to help Trump, but new information about the briefing suggests that the staffer may have overstated the information.
The media descended on the leak like a pack of rabid dogs and reported on it without noting the lack of actual evidence. CNN has walked back their report on the briefing in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report questioning the staffer’s experience and saying she had a history of being “injudicious” with her words.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said at an open hearing this month that Russia has engaged in ongoing “information warfare” about the 2020 election but has not made any known moves on American infrastructure.
Still, pundits try to spin the narrative that Russia is working to elect Trump. Onetime Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on Sunday that Russia was helping Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) win the Democrat nomination so that Trump would have “the opponent that Trump wants” in the general election. At least it will give them an excuse when Trump wins in a landslide.
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