FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday that it is, “the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence.”
“But we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020, through what I would call more than malign foreign influence side of things – social media, use of proxies, state media, online journals, etc. – an effort to both sow divisiveness and discord and, and I think the intelligence community has assessed this publicly, to primarily, to denigrate Vice President Biden, and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment.”
FBI Director Wray: "We certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020…to both sow divisiveness and discord and…to denigrate Vice President Biden."
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 17, 2020
Now this would be sobering enough, but when you factor in that Donald Trump and his Department of Homeland Security head, Chad Wolf, are aiding and abetting Russia in the process, it becomes truly ominous. You recall how a mere two weeks ago, on September 2, a story broke that Chad Wolf blocked the publication of an intelligence bulletin warning about a Russian disinformation campaign attacking Joe Biden, specifically his mental fitness, in order to influence the election.
That action, in turn, prompted the stunning announcement from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, that congress would no longer be receiving in-person intelligence briefings. The excuse given for that is that Ratcliffe wanted to avoid “leaks” about intelligence. It wasn’t about leaks, it was about protecting Mother Russia.
EXCLUSIVE: DHS withheld publication of intelligence bulletin warning of Russian scheme to push “allegations about the poor mental health” of Joe Biden, per emails and document draft obtained by @ABC. @jonkarl has the full story. https://t.co/E2Af2hBsTz pic.twitter.com/Ro5yk3BkzQ
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 2, 2020
And don’t forget Rudy Giuliani and his buddy, Andrii Derkach. Derkach or “dirt cache” was Giuliani’s source to discredit Biden. Unfortunately for Rudy and for the Team Trump, on September 7, the Department of the Treasury denounced Derkach as a Russian spy and sanctioned him. Politico:
“Derkach, a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services,” Treasury found. “Derkach has directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in an attempt to undermine the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
Derkach has previously denied trying to interfere in the U.S. election, calling it “nonsense” in a statement to POLITICO earlier this summer. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the sanctions designation.
But Treasury’s announcement underscores growing evidence that Russia is mounting a similar campaign to its efforts in 2016 in an attempt to boost Trump’s candidacy and damage his rival. Trump administration intelligence officials have concluded that Russia is seeking to damage Biden and support Trump through actors like Derkach. In addition to Derkach, Treasury also sanctioned three Russian nationals accused of mounting a campaign to influence the U.S. elections, in part through identity theft.
Now bear, in mind, Derkach is Ron Johnson, Chuck Grassley and Devin Nunes’ source.They are all on the crazy train to prove that Hunter Biden did something wrong, and it’s gotten so embarrassingly transparent that Mitt Romney spoke out against this political witch hunt yesterday.
The October surprise, and this is pure conjecture at this point, was to be a combination of dirt dug up on Hunter Biden by a Russian spy, culminating in a refutation of Trump’s impeachment, and some kind of revelation from John Durham’s investigation on how badly treated poor Donald Trump was. I’m speculating about this, because of the prominent investigator who left the Durham investigation a few days ago and because of this tidbit dug up by BuzzFeed News.
Heh. Just noticed @OANN deleted all Derkach tagged stories from its site, including a Reuters story on the Ukrainian MP and US-labeled "active Russian agent" being sanctioned for election interference. But — oops! — it didn't delete one misspelled with "Derkash," which remains. pic.twitter.com/Mr9739hrxg
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) September 17, 2020
Read the headline in the lower right hand corner, “One America News To Debut Special Featuring Exclusive Interviews With Former Ukrainian Officials and Rudy Giuliani, Debunking Schiff’s Impeachment Narrative.”
Two things: A corrupt Team Trump aided by equally corrupt and complicit senators and representatives are using taxpayer dollars for a partisan witch hunt to interfere in the election; and Russia is actively interfering in the election as well, and that’s according to the head of the FBI. So we’ve got insider activity in our government, aiding and abetting a hostile foreign power, to influence our election. This is the state of play in this country, 46 days before the election.