US Begins Probe Of Russian “Meddling” In Biden 2020 Campaign

Scapegoating by the establishment (for a Dem loss) or pre-emptive actions by Trump (for a Trump victory which will be inevitably besmirched by another round of sore-losing snowflakes)?

It’s hard to know for sure but one thing is certain, it will prolong the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ headlines for one more news cycle.

Bloomberg reports that, according to two officials familiar with the matter, US intelligence and law enforcement have begun a probe to assess whether Russia is trying to “meddle’ in Joe Biden’s nomination (and perhaps election, as he remains the front-runner) campaign. 

Part of the inquiry is reportedly to determine whether Russia is trying to weaken Biden by promoting controversy over his past involvement in U.S. policy toward Ukraine while his son worked for an energy company there.

As one anonymous official proclaimed – despite zero evidence of this actually happening other than an extremely small ad spend on Facebook? – a Kremlin strategy to undermine Biden would echo its work in 2016, when American intelligence agencies found that Russia carried out a sophisticated operation to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Trump.

“In America, they’re using social media and many other tools to inflame social divisions, promote conspiracy theories and sow distrust in our democracy and elections,” William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement.

“As we look ahead to 2020, one thing I can guarantee is they’ll keep up their influence campaigns and utilize new vectors of disinformation.”

But, as Bloomberg is quick to remind readers, Russia’s campaign interference in 2016 resulted in a multiagency investigation that led to a highly classified intelligence assessment, part of which was made public in January 2017.

Trump has questioned the finding of Russian meddling and has asserted that government agents biased against him conducted a “witch hunt” into whether his campaign conspired with Russia.

“Vladimir Putin has interfered in our elections before and it’s no surprise he’s doing so again to prop up President Trump,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates.

“Biden is to 2020 what Clinton was to 2016,” said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent who has been tracking Russia’s foreign influence operations.

“When you watch just how they speak publicly, they’re very clear that, yes, a second term of Trump would be great.”

“Going all the way back to May they were talking about Biden-Ukraine very heavily,” he said.

“It’s a great narrative for them.”

The potential for Russia to spread falsehoods – and to develop increasingly sophisticated techniques to do so – is one of the bigger concerns that U.S. officials have as the 2020 election approaches, said John Demers, head of the Justice Department’s national security division.

One thing is notable – no one is claiming China is meddling? Yet!

via zerohedge

27 comments

    1. Whats ‘Russia’ got to do with it?!!!!!!! Sounds like your into a ‘disinformation’ campaign there, martin.
      FACT: We (the American people) can see its the democrats and the media and the deep state trying constantly to manufacture a false narratilve.

  1. We are better with Trump. America has the right , strong and best leader ever !!!
    In God we trust .
    Vote Trump 2020!!!
    If possible Trump 2024 as well !!!

  2. Fake New, Inc (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and NBC w/PMS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Clinton Cartel. They are just trying to set up their excuse for losing, so we will have to endure four more years of whining. After all, what do dems do better than anyone else? WHIN E!

  3. One thing I know for sure…no Russian’s on social media was a deciding factor in my vote for Trump…and I will do it again without any help from the Russian’s…As far as I’m concerned this BS about Russians interfering in our elections is nothing more than the “deep state” hype…these anti-MAGA forces are meddling with the minds of American voters…it’s not the Russians I’m worried about…it’s those “deep state” operatives who are experimenting with controlling the minds of the American people…”We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American Public believes is false”…William Casey, Director CIA 1981-1987…”If the American people knew what we (CIA) have done, they would string us up from the nearest lamp post”…George H.W. Bush, Director CIA 1976-1977…”We lied, we chated, we stole, we had entire training courses”…Mike Pompeo, Director CIA 2017-2018…”Thank God for the ‘Deep State’…John McLaughlin, Director CIA 2004…”If that f#cking bastard wins…we’re all goiing to hang from nooses…You better fix that sh#t”…in an email sent by Hillary Clinton to DNC Director Dona Brazile dated Oct. 17, 2016….”Think of the press (MSM) as a great keyboard on which the government can play”…Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister, Nazified Germany 1933-1945…”The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it”…George Orwell

  4. This article is twisted and wrong. It was already proven that the interference in the 2016 election did not come from the Trump Administration, but from the Obama Administration and Hillary Campaign. Robert Mueller cleared Trump’s Administration by stating there was no Russian Collusion there. It was Hillary who paid for the fake dossier, Obama’s FBI/DOJ that were spying on the Trump campaign, both were trying to set Trump up with a crime to disqualify him from being elected. This was the FBI – Peter Strok and Lisa Page’s “Insurance Policy” they referred to in one of their multiple texts in case Trump did win. Hillary was so overwhelmingly convinced and confident that she was a shoe in 100% that it floored her when she discovered she had lost. This is exactly why she could not accept she had lost. In her mind, she had paid, manipulated, bribed, threatened, even had fake information put together to insure her ultimate win, so there was no way anyone else could possibly beat her. When it happened, she could not wrap her brain around it. To clarify the mis-statement above about no evidence concerning Joe Biden’s crimes in the Ukraine; let’s just not forget ol’ Joe admitting and boasting on video how he threatened the Ukraine to fire their prosecutor who was investigating his son Hunter. It’s absolutely clear who the Russians/Ukrainians are interfering in favor of and who they are trying to destroy.

  5. All of the democrat investigation into Russian collusion has proved that there was collusion by Russia. It colluded with the demoncrats to elect killery. It failed so now they are going to try to elect any demoncrat that runs. The more socialist they can turn America the closer to communism it turns.

  6. Wait biden tries to bribe obama into enforcing him, biden bribes the Ukraine to stop investigating his son and that is ok but somehow the Russians are saying our votes? What a bunch of crap.

    Biden is a corrupt piece of Schiff. Lizzardeth warren is a perpetual lier who does not even recognize the truth anymore. The rest of the democrat candidates have all made blatant bigoted racist statement, mostly about white people. We are supposed to believe that russia is more to blame for the garbage humans the democrats have for candidates then the candidates themselves?

    Is the logic for this investigation that we would not know what garbage humans these candidates are if the russians didnt tell us? If so thank you russia.

    By the way. After 4 years of continuous investigations of trump, that have turned up more crimes by democrats then anything else, trump must be a pretty damn amazingly clean person.

  7. Just recently the government investigation cleared Hillary of any crimes despite what the entire country knows about E-mail destruction and cell phone destruction and private server use(I heard) With this in mind how can anybody expect a honest investigation . Plus you don’t hear that criminal token joe biden is being investigated even after bragging about extorting the removal of Ukrainian prosecutor so how can anybody expect a honest investigation.

    1. Correct. And not just extortion to remove the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden company, but using federal tax dollars to do it! I don’t think America could get any more corrupt. (although Hillary’s sale of US plutonium to Russia is a close second.)

    2. Instead to investigate Obozo and Bidens corruption and money laundering DemocRats want to impeach President. They want to do this for only one reason: they afraid that President Trump can expose more corruption and money laundering among DemocRats. That’s what all about.

      1. I think you’re right Konstantin. The majority of the government is in on the scam, i.e., how many of them are paying the price for the Russian Collusion hoax? Comey, Mueller, Brenna, Clapper, 17 high priced democrat/Hillary supporter lawyers, Hillary and Obama to mention a few.

  8. It’s obvious, that Russia, & Ukraine, are not “friends”! I don’t doubt that Russia, is doing everything they can to “muck up the situation”! That being said…..America has been doing much the same to Russia, for decades…..it’s the way politics, foreign affairs are conducted! {” WE CAN’T ALL JUST GET ALONG”}….so, why worry about it?

  9. breaking news – Mr Bloomberg and Mr Steyer are “meddling” in Ol’ Sleepy
    Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign !!!! and Hunter Biden has already “meddled” in Joe’s campaign with his millions of dollar enrichment scheme from Ukraine and China !!!! Nancy has “meddled” in Joe’s campaign with her silly non-sensicle ‘Impeach Pres Trump’ campaign. If Joe is the best the Democrats can do, they don’t deserve to win anything !

  10. Only an idiot would believe that Russia is backing Trump. With all the sanctions that Trump has put on Russia, there is no way that they would want Trump. In 2016, Russia gave Hillary money, not Trump. HILLARY paid for a fake dossier and with RUSSIA BACKING HER, SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD IT MADE. She and the CORRUPTED, LYING Democrats were shocked when she lost. And that is when the Democrats started their EVIL campaign to impeach PRESIDENT Trump. With all their wasted INVESTIGATIONS, it is clear that Trump is not a criminal but clearly shows what snakes in the grass the Democrats have become. Biden himself stayed publicly that he bribed the former president of Ukraine to fire the prosecutor who was INVESTIGATING his son’s company. So, why would the person writing this article lie about Biden’s guilt? Guess the writer is just another lying Democrat.

  11. What I find so ironic is it’s ok for Dems to attack Trump with all kinds of lies and fake news accusations during the lead up to the 2020 election (just like 2016 with fake dossier) – Impeachment for nothing, and McCarthyism tactics against the duly elected President are authorized by the Dem House, but it’s not ok for Intel community to investigate Biden connections to bribery, money laundering and conflict of interest…investigation of criminal activities must be halted during 2020 election lead up, because the suspected criminal is running for Dem ticket but at the same time continued lies against the President of the US are fair game perpetrated to effect his reelection. This is called election interference and I’m not talking about Russia or Ukraine. I’m talking about the Democrats. The same party who created the KKK cannot rest if Republicans insist on enforcing Constitutional guarantees, such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Democratic slavery 200 years ago was nothing less than legalized human trafficking for cheaper foreign labor. That’s 100% what slavery was about then, and they’re still trying to enforce it today with open borders.

  12. Is there any other way we can waste taxpayer money? We have corruption everywhere (CIA, FBI, Dept of State) and enough evidence to send many government officials to prison for sedition and/or treason, but we’re going to check on Russia meddling in Biden’s campaign. Really? Do you think Russia is responsible to Biden’s inability to remember what city/State he’s in, messing up the names of foreign countries or Presidents, sucking on his wives finger, touching children, doing a taped “Quid Pro Quo” in Ukraine, or being unable to find the camera while on stage and speaking to the wall? Good gravy, we might as well be studying the sexual practices of the Texas Horny Toad. We’re $21 trillion, plus inadequate pension funding, in debt and our government just keeps looking from ways to waste money.

  13. It sounds to me that the Democrats are preparing for another loss to President Trump. This time they’re starting early with the Russia, Russia, Russia thing. If Biden were to win, everybody would just forget the whole thing, but if Trump wins, they can go right back to work demanding investigations and phony impeachments. Even though Trump was exonerated by Mueller on the Russian conspiracy, the Democrats still insist that Trump conspired with the Russians to win but they just haven’t been able to uncover the truth, because Trump is so insidious. It’s interesting that the Democrats believe Biden to be innocent of any wrongdoing because he says he is innocent-but, Trump undergoes four major investigations where no wrongdoing was found but Democrats still believe him to be guilty.

  14. Funny, they are after somebody meddling in our elections oversea when the people who meddled were OUR Government Departments of the DOJ. FBI, CIA and of course Hillary Clinton and the Obama staff!!

    Still no arrest!!

  15. With what you stupid retarded demon-rats stand for you will loose, Fight and get this out,now,You stupid Democrats killed the water to hydrogen inventor why? I hope you know your damnation is in hell, Hillary said in 2005 ( that the average democrat voter is just plain stupid, they are so easy to manipulate, that’s the easy part ),It looks like Trump is an oil company stooge to selling us out, you stupid retarded Trump, The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. a Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office that gets around 200 mpg, Volkswagen diesel gets 264 mpg, The water to hydrogen auto inventor wouldn’t sell out to the demons from hell oil company’s so the Democrat gov. had him murdered with plutonium poisoning, we are getting ripped off by the oil company owned auto company’s Don’t you think it’s time to take our world back.Once free energy gets out all prices for every thing will drop.
    Also audit all the Senator’s and congressmen, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them.
    The economy will never get better, as long as free energy doesn’t come out, and all your dreams will fade away, so spread the word, stop buying new autos and trucks. Hydrogen autos would exhaust water vapor, making more clouds to cool the earth.

  16. Lol steve you need to loo aroubd how you can say that trump has work for us he dont take a check everything he has done is for us an thats even us poor pepole better pay you hafe been miss lead but we no that the dems have you by your balls lol dont warry we will fix it for you the red wave is waiting to vote an you will see the dems are the eval ones not trump so get on board vote red to stay free are you will become a slave it our gov not no lying dem you will see we qre takeing back our gov its ours vote red to stay free

  17. “Nothing good comes from the Left. It ruins everything that it touches.”

    It’s no surprise the democrats are lignin up another “Russian Collusion” as their insurance against losing the 2020 election. In fact, it’s rather predictable. The fact that it is an out and out lie doesn’t bother them a bit. They are accustomed to the fact that, by now, most voters are aware of their tactics. On the other hand, we are getting tired of seeing the democrats wasting millions of dollars on these, so called “investigations”, which are nothing more than publicity stunts that allow the democrats to stay in swank hotels, travel 1st class, charge everything to the government, and have a grand ole time in Washington. And, to hell with their stupid constituents. If they’re dumb enough to keep paying the bill, we’re smart enough to keep enjoying it.

    It’s time these jokers are voted out of office. The “Squad”, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Nader and their followers can go party in Baghdad. We’ve had enough of their s***.

  18. I concur with your assessment. The Russians have no more interest in whether Trump stays President of if any of these Democrats are elected. In fact I would think that the Russians and the Chinese would rather have President Trump out of the way,seeing as how he,(Trump,) has given them way more grief than Clinton or Obama ever did! This whole scenario is nothing but Democrats and they, using their Mainstream Media partners, to push this narrative of B.S.
    I am amazed at how gullible some people are, that they cannot or will not see through this charade. Sometimes I swear these folks are brain washed by Media and Hollywood and of course by the B’S. that the Democrats push, aided by the Mainstream Media, of course.

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