Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

House warned of Russian effort to re-elect Trump

House warned of Russian effort to re-elect Trump

U.S. intelligence chief Joseph Maguire, whom Trump replaced on Wednesday with a loyal partisan lacking direct experience in the field, warned lawmakers of Russian interference in a classified briefing last week.

A week later, U.S. President Donald Trump replaced his head of intelligence.

"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]".

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they will spend more than $10 million during the 2020 election cycle to battle Democrats on voting-related lawsuits and to bolster their Election Day operations. And now Trump is furious.

USA intelligence agencies have said that Russian Federation is interfering in the country's 2020 election in an effort to help re-elect President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Trump's anger cost Maguire a chance to become the permanent DNI, the former official said, confirming a report in The Washington Post.

It's unclear what Attorney General Bill Barr or the Dept. of Justice is doing about the Russian assault on the nation.

Trump erupted in anger at acting director of national intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire when he learned of the February 13 session with the House Intelligence Committee, US media reported.

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The president announced this week that Mr Maguire would be replaced by Richard Grenell, the USA ambassador to Germany and a Trump loyalist. Grenell will retain his position as Ambassador, showing Trump acted out of desperation to plug a massive leak.

Trump, who was later acquitted by the Republican-led U.S. Senate, has also publicly called on China to probe Biden. Trump knows this, and he is doing everything he can to surround himself with those who will be loyal to him.

A committee official told the Post that wasn't true.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election through social-media campaigns and the hacking of e-mail accounts of leading Democrats in order to boost Trump's campaign and undermine his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

His fellow Republicans at last week's briefing questioned the information, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity.

Pierson, a veteran intelligence official, is coordinating the intelligence gathering - and response - to foreign election threats.

His appointment does little to heal the president's fraught relations with the intelligence community, which Trump has derided as part of a "deep state" of entrenched bureaucrats that seek to undermine his agenda.

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