Briefing On Iran And Russia Election Meddling Raises Questions
What do we know and what are the unanswered questions after U.S. intelligence officials briefed the press tonight on election meddling from Iran & Russia? Jo Ling Kent joined us to break it all down. Aired on 10/21/2020.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe warned Wednesday that Russia and Iran are behind efforts to sway public opinions related to the 2020 presidential election.
"We have identified that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections," Ratcliffe said an abruptly scheduled press conference on election security threats.
In particular, Ratcliffe said Iran is behind sending spoofed emails that aim to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump. He also said it is behind circulating other content such as a video that appears to encourage individuals to fraudulently cast ballots, even from overseas.
You can Top intelligence officials held a last-minute briefing with reporters on election security Wednesday night, announcing that Iran and Russia have taken actions in an attempt to compromise the election, and have obtained some voter registration data. Watch their remarks here. Federal officials say Iran and Russia have obtained US voter information in an effort to interfere with the election. Jeremy Bash and Frank Figliuzzi join Andrea Mitchell to discuss Iran and Russia gaining access to American voter information. Bash says, "I think it's clear that all foreign adversaries fundamentally want to sow chaos because a presidential election is the crown jewel of American democracy. So if they can disrupt that, obviously that denigrates the standing of the United States." Aired on 10/22/2020.