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Top Democrats Request an FBI Counterintelligence Briefing about 2020 Election Interference

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent a letter (pdf) to the FBI Director requesting the Bureau hold a defensive counterintelligence briefing for Congress regarding foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

In the letter to Christopher Wray, the top democrats expressed their concern for a disinformation campaign that they say is targeting Congress and could affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

“We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November,” the democratic members wrote.

In January of this year, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said his agency is expecting Russia to interfere in the upcoming presidential elections, underscoring the need for action at the local, state, and federal levels ahead of the November 2020 polls.

“Unlike China, Russia doesnt seek to weaken our economy and surpass us on the world-stage; rather they focus on actions that disrupt and undermine the American way of life,” Wolf said, according to a transcript of a speech he gave in January. “As we saw in 2016, we fully expect Russia to attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections to sow public discord and undermine our democratic institutions.”

“We are working with our federal partners to make sure those officials on the frontlines of our elections have the information and the tools they need to combat Russian interference,” Wolf added.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray was asked about the intelligence on the possibility of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) meddling with the 2020 presidential elections in July, to which he responded that there are chances given the severity of Chinas malign influence campaign against the United States (pdf).

“Well, I would say that of course, Chinas malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year. So, its not an election specific threat. Its really more of an all year, all the time threat,” Wray said.

Wolf echoed Wrays sentiments about the CCP. Saying the CCP, “uses the openness of our society and institutions against us—be it our academic and scientific communities, or Silicon Valley—to aggressively expand its ability to shape information and the Chinese narrative abroad.”

In a 2019 Joint Statement from the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), National Intelligence (DNI), FBI, National Security Agency (NSA), and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) on Ensuring Security of 2020 Elections the ofRead More From Source

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