Tuesday, September 22, 2020
National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd talked on CNN about the recent CIA report that Putin himself is directing a disinformation campaign against Joe Biden and how Republicans are reacting to this intelligence report: "Intelligence is only as good as policy makers choose to make it. Despite this intelligence, despite detailed information - which by the way we didn't have in 2016 - about how Russia is attacking us, what tactics they are using, republican lawmakers and the President are acting more like Putin's publicist than as U.S. policymakers. Senator Ron Johnson, for example, still plans to go ahead with his report denigrating Joe Biden this week. While the President is still trashing Joe Biden and spreading misinformation about him. So policymakers are not integrating any of this intelligence into their actions ... We have a U.S. President who is actively aiding and abetting Russian intelligence ... President Trump has reams of classified information about what Russia is doing, why and how they're doing it including using a Russian agent, Andrii Derkach, President Trump retweeted content from this Russian intelligence agent just a few weeks ago. President Trump knows Russian tactics, knows Russia's mission, and continues to knowingly spread misinformation that helps Russia and hurts us."
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