While it is highly debatable whether Russian social media activities could swing the 2020 election, there’s not much doubt that the Russian state agent, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, are trying to help Trump.
The Trump White House would rather not share what the U.S. government knows about the subject.
When William Evanina, chief of counterintelligence for the Office of Director of National intelligence, wasn’t forthcoming in a recent confidential briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chewed him out in private and then leaked the story to POLITICO.
Evanina spluttered by speaker made her point.
The tensions at Friday’s briefing come amid a public and highly unusual spat between the Democratic and Republican sides of the Gang of Eight over how much information to share with the public about election interference and about Russia’s efforts specifically. With less than 100 days until the election, concerns about Russian interference via Ukrainian actors are coming to a head among Democrats, who see an ongoing effort by the Kremlin to damage Biden and are pushing the Trump administration for more direct and specific public statements about the threat.