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'So much noise': Brawl over 2020 intel leaves voters in the dark

2020-09-11 09:37:37       source:Politico

September 10, 2020

For months, Americans have been served conflicting pronouncements from the Trump administration and lawmakers about foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election — complicating matters for voters seeking a reliable understanding of which countries are actively meddling, and on whose behalf.

President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and others have asserted China is mounting an active interference campaign that overshadows even Russia — at times surpassing what the administration’s intelligence community has publicly described. When challenged, their response is, essentially: We've seen the intelligence. Trust us.

Democrats have countered with a rejoinder: We've also seen the intel, and it shows Russia poses the most acute threat to the 2020 election. Any other assertions, they say, simply amount to political spin to dull the sting of the intelligence community's findings about Russian support for Trump's reelection, which the president has long sought to downplay or deny. And Trump’s focus on China aligns with his campaign message that he has been tougher on Beijing.

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