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Russian President Vladimir Putin endorses Trump — and is already interfering in the election

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is backing President Donald Trump’s re-election, according to the New York Times.


It was revealed Thursday that one of the reasons President Donald Trump fired his director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, was because he briefed the House Intelligence Committee. Now it’s become clear why Trump may not want Democrats to know about that briefing.


“Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, in a disclosure that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him,” the Times reported.


Trump allies challenged Maguire’s conclusions in the briefing, saying that Trump has been tough on Russia.


“That intelligence official, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire who has a reputation of delivering intelligence in somewhat blunt terms,” said the Times. “The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and long an aggressively vocal Trump supporter.”


Publicly, however, even Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the committee, signed off on a statement calling the Feb. 13 briefing an important update about “the integrity of our upcoming elections.”


During a CNN discussion, co-author Maggie Habermann said that one of the presidents has always had a problem with the idea that he didn’t win the 2016 election on his own merits and that Russia helped him win.

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It was something NBC reporter Ken Delanian called a “bombshell.”


“It is the worst nightmare of many of my sources in the intelligence world,” he said. “It’s bad enough to learn that there is classified intelligence that Russia is interfering again and trying to elect Donald Trump. We should be careful about that because it is not clear what it means. Does it mean disinformation on social media, does it mean intercepts that suggest people in the Kremlin are discussing the campaign? That is bad enough, but then the notion that because a briefing of that information was delivered to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, that cost Joe Maguire the job? That is a bombshell.”


He went on to say that most Americans want intelligence officials to be brave enough to speak truth to power, but in Trump’s world, an intelligence official is there to help cover-up

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