“The Intelligence Doesn’t Say That”: National Security Official Pushes Back On 2020 Russian Meddling Report

On Thursday, the New York Times published an account of a briefing between an aide to outgoing National Intelligence director Joseph Maguire and the House Intelligence Committee claiming that Russia was meddling in the 2020 election, and was “trying to get Trump re-elected.”

Not so, according to a national security official – who told CNN‘s Jake Tapper that the aide, Shelby Pierson, may have mischaracterized the intelligence community’s findings during the heated meeting.

“A national security official I know and trust pushes back on the way the briefing/ODNI story is being told, and others with firsthand knowledge agree with his assessment,” tweeted Tapper on Friday, adding that a more reasonable interpretation is that Russia viwes Trump as a dealmaker they can work with – “not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else.”

Tapper hedges at the end – noting that none of this disputes that Russians (and others) are attempting to interfere in the 2020 election.

 

via zerohedge

22 comments

  1. The last time there was a serious concern that Russia had a major effect on our presidential elections was in 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F Kennedy. Ironically, today’s Democrat party shares more ideology with Oswald (a self-avowed communist) than with their founder, Thomas Jefferson. Noteworthy that JFK was a Democrat.

  2. How the TRUTH be told for once?

    THE US MEDIA IS WORKING OVERTIME TO INTERFERE WITH THE ELECTION, and they HAVE TAKEN A SIDE!

    1. You are correct, the media is the largest most active agent to ever attempt to influence the outcome of any election. They need to shut up and report the news and stop making themselves part of a story which we do not want them in the middle of!

      1. AS are SOROS, the CORRUPT UKRAINES, and the LIBS themselves!! PROOF, Obama INTEREFERED with the Iran Election, The Israeli Election, etc!!

      2. While I certainly agree with you that the media is definitely working overtime to affect the outcome of the election, it would be hard for anyone (including Putin) to do more to affect the 2020 elections than the Democrats themselves. What the hell do you think three years of investigation about Russia-Trump collusion, investigation to see if the whore was paid off with campaign funds, investigation to see if Trump could be impeached under the emoluments clause, constant references to Trump’s tax returns, an actual impeachment with no crimes committed and more recently investigating whether Trump’s firing of Vindman was reasonable or retribution was all about? The Democrats admitted that they were intent on either removing him from office or dirtying him up for 2020. Putin watches the Democrats with pure admiration, ’cause he couldn’t do it better himself.

  3. Today’s democrats may not win every election, but they never lose. That’s what makes their primaries so much fun.

  4. If you have intelligence at all you would understand that Russia has always watched and probably interfered if it suited them. This IS NOT News. It is our Intelligence Agency’s Job to stop that, 50 years of experience doing that. China, Iran, Syria, Israel, Europe, SOROS ALL have interests and influence in the outcome of our elections. ALL this is a Pre-excuse for their upcoming fiascos and losses…Boo !

  5. Russia uses the Four “D” approach to information warfare: dismiss, distort, distract and dismay. The sad truth is that those four tactics have become a hallmark of U.S politics today, ever since 2016 and before. U.S tech giants have failed to address the spread of misinformation due to parasites like Soros and Bloomberg filling their pockets with cash. Russia could care less who’s President in the United States, they love using different types of tactics in 80 countries to cause mayhem in elections in case of an war they know who to approach for their cause…Unconventional Warfare is very affective…Sua Sponte…

  6. The libitards both within and outside of our government are using disinformation to stoke fear in the minds of the American people. Russia has been used as a fear tactic since the late ’60’s. And the truth is Russia has not been a major threat to the US! The government of Russia no more wants war with the US than we want war with them. They all recognize that war between us and China for that matter means global destruction. Does that mean they will not try to influence our elections? Of course not, but, and get this straight, THERE IS NOTHING ILLEGAL ABOUT ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY TRYING TO INFLUENCE OUR ELECTIONS! AND WE DO IT ALL THE TIME! What is illegal is for any American citizen to accept aid from a foreign government, which is exactly what the Clinton Crime Machine tried to establish with the now debunked Russia- Trump connection in the 2016 election. If anybody is guilty of collusion, it is the CCM! Attempting to influence our elections is nothing more than a third party doing what the political parties do all the time. It is up to our public to evaluate what is fed to them. That Russia perceives Trump as a more reasonable President than the likes of Clinton or her stooges is nothing but good common sense.

  7. I remember when all Americans treated each other with respect, despite their political affiliations or disagreements. I remember when Democrats and Republicans did their jobs to help the American people. I remember when Americans were patriotic and respected positions of authority. I remember when corrupt politicians were thrown in prison and denounced by the masses. I remember when politicians obeyed the law and the constitution, whether they completely agreed or not. I remember when congress pur Americans first and ideology second. I remember when all lives mattered. I remember when laws didn’t conflict with the constitution. I remember waiting for water to boil on the stove. I remember reading and telling time form a dial clock. I remember when people interacted in person instead of reacting on the internet. God bless America. God bless us all.

  8. I seriously doubt that the Russians could have nearly the amount of influence as the highly partisan communist MSM and all the illegals who are recruited to illegally vote for Democrats

  9. Jake Trapper, you are one of the evil people that are colluding with Russia so you can blame Trump. You are now being watched and WE WILL get you for treason!

  10. What’s sad is the indoctrinated minions will suck the BS like a sponge lacking the intelligence to think for themselves. We KNOW the game of twist and turn the left uses to influence and what is actually true and KNOW the intel doesn’t say what they’re pushing.

  11. Check out the August 24, 1954, Communist Control Act, declaring Communism was a threat to American security. Russian leader, Kruschev, pounded his shoe on his podium and shouted, he would bury the United States. Well, with many Communists in our government and a leading Socialist candidate, what do you think? The Democrats have flipped the Ukraine issue and Russian Hoax on to President Trump. Documented information states it was a hoax and Dems lied to the FBI. Who would have more in common with a former Communist nation? Certainly, the 50 + Socialist/Communists in Congress. How vulnerable is America? In the past, we would have had a large number of our congress members arrested.

  12. Check out the documented list of American Communists. I would like to know if the Communist Control Act is still on the books, because the Act states that Communists were in “fact an instrumentality of a conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States.” ……… “and a continuing danger to the security of the United States.” Such was the impeachment nonsense, by declared Socialists. Many Socialist/Communist Clubs are active on College Campuses. Are we giving them the right to overthrow the government or do we stop them?

  13. Just once I’d like to see the MSM tell the truth about anything! Hell would surely freeze over! They should consider it because of all the dems they’d be saving from burning in hell!

  14. SURVEY SAYS 30% OF THE USA IS ALREADY COMMUNIST.
    THERE ARE MORE COMMUNISTS IN ALL AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT THAN IN RUSSIA. PRAVDA IS MORE HONEST THAN THE BRAINWASHING MEDIA. NBC MEANS NOTHING BUT COMMUNISTS. ABC ALWAYS BE COMMUNISTIST. CNN THE COMMUNIST NUT NETWORK. THE NEW YORK COMMUNIST TIMES COVERED UP STALIN’S MURDER OF 12 MILLION UKRANIANS WHO WERE STARVED TO DEATH. THEY WERE FORCED TO EAT THEIR CHILDREN. CAMBODIA LOST A WHOLE CITY TO COMMUNISM. TWO MILLION INHABITANTS OF PNOMH PENN WERE MARCHED OUT OF THE CITY AND HAD THEIR HEADS BASHED IN WITH SLEDGE HAMMERS. THE HORRORS OF COMMUNISM HAVE BEEN ERASED FROM THE MINDS OF NAIVE AMERICANS. WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY. WE ARE MEDIA BRAIN WASHED. WHEN MAYOR BLOOMBERG SAID THE WORD COMMUNIST HE WAS JUMPED BY THE STALINIST CENSORS. BERNIE SHOUTED THAT’S A CHEAP SHOT. A CHEAP SHOT IS ONE BULLET IN THE HEAD AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN MADE TO STAND OVER A DRAIN BY A KGB AGENT. I SAY WHEN THE LAST WWII VET PASSES ON THE AMERICAN COMMUNISTS WILL REWRITE HISTORY.
    WHERE IS YOUR FREEDOM MAN? THE DEMOCRAT COMMUNISTS TOOK IT AWAY. HOW DID THEY DO THAT?
    I DON’T KNOW BUT THEY DID. THE FIRST MONUMENT THEY TOOK DOWN WAS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. WE WENT FROM MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA TO SHOOT UP STATIONS OF CONVENIENCE. POLITICIANS ARE WORKING FOR DRUG DEALERS. WE ARE HEADED TO LEGALIZED SLAVERY. DRUGS IS COMMUNIST CHEMICAL WARFARE. BABY KILLING IS CULLING THE AMERICAN HERD. REPLACING AMERICANS WITH NON AMERICANS ERASING OUR HERITAGE.SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY RADIO SHOW ON YOU TUBE ABUTOM

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