The Washington Post and New York Times are reporting that a top intelligence official told members of Congress last week that Russian Federation is actively meddling in the 2020 election in an effort to get President Trump re-elected.
In the wake of learning that Schiff and other lawmakers had been briefed that intelligence officials believe Russian Federation is trying to aid his re-election, Trump had a furious confrontation with the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. The newspaper adds that the "disclosure ... angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him". The report added that Republican lawmakers on the committee challenged the intelligence and highlighted the administration's actions against Russian Federation and its efforts to strengthen security in Europe. Then this week, Trump abruptly announced that Maguire would be replaced by Richard Grenell, a Trump loyalist who also will hold the job in an acting capacity.
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russian Federation was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump's reelection.
US intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives intelligence committee in a classified briefing last week that Russian Federation was again interfering in American politics ahead of November's election, a person familiar with the discussion told Reuters.
Russian officials have repeatedly rejected accusations of meddling in the USA or any country's elections or internal affairs, calling the charges "absurd" and pointing to a lack of evidence.
A House intelligence committee official called the February 13 briefing an important update about "the integrity of our upcoming elections" and said that members of both parties attended, including Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the committee. "Trump erroneously believed that Pierson had given the assessment exclusively" to Schiff, and he "also believed that the information would be helpful to Democrats if it were released publicly".
Grenell's background is primarily in politics and media affairs.
But Collins, who is vying for one of Georgia's Senate seats, said Friday he's not interested in the job overseeing the nation's 17 spy agencies.
The officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. said Thursday that the briefing last week focused on Russia's efforts to influence the 2020 election and sow discord in the American electorate. He delayed military aid previous year to Ukraine, a Russian adversary - a decision that was at the core of his impeachment proceedings. He has derided intelligence officials as part of a "deep state" of entrenched bureaucrats who seek to undermine his agenda.
Pierson told NPR that the USA doesn't know exactly what the Russians are planning, but she said it's not just a Russia problem.
Spokeswomen for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its election security office declined to comment.
"We're still also concerned about China, Iran, non-state actors, hacktivists and frankly - certainly for DHS and Federal Bureau of Investigation - even Americans that might be looking to undermine confidence in the elections".