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Trump Lashed at Intel Chief over Warning of Russian Meddling in 2020 Election

HeadlineFeb 21, 2020

The Washington Post and New York Times are reporting that a top intelligence official told members of Congress last week that Russia is actively meddling in the 2020 election in an effort to get President Trump re-elected. The briefing to the House Intelligence Committee by Shelby Pierson — the intelligence community’s election threats executive — reportedly enraged Trump, who called Pierson’s boss, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, to the Oval Office for an angry meeting. Yesterday Trump announced he’s replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, who will serve as Trump’s new acting DNI. Last March, special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report concluded the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 election.

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