By Dana Bash, Jeremy Herb and Jim Acosta | CNN
The intelligence group’s high election safety official delivered a briefing to lawmakers final week warning them that the intelligence group believes Russia is already taking steps to intervene within the 2020 election with the objective of serving to President Donald Trump win, three sources conversant in the matter inform CNN.
Final week’s briefing, led by election safety official Shelby Pierson and first reported by The New York Instances, addressed the general image of Russia’s efforts, together with hacking, weaponizing social media and assaults on election infrastructure, one of many sources stated.
The briefers stated Russia does favor Trump, however that serving to Trump wasn’t the one factor they had been attempting to do because it was additionally designed to lift questions in regards to the integrity of the elections course of, the supply added.
Home Republicans obtained very upset through the briefing, one other supply stated.
After the briefing, Trump grew to become upset with outgoing appearing Director of Nationwide Intelligence Joseph Maguire, a supply conversant in the matter informed CNN. Trump was involved the Democrats current would use the briefing in opposition to him, reported the Instances, citing folks conversant in the change.
On Wednesday, Trump introduced he was naming Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist and present US ambassador to Germany, as appearing DNI regardless of him not having expertise in intelligence. Two administration officers informed the Instances the timing of the Grenell announcement and Russia intelligence report is coincidental.