Russia Wants Trump Reelected? Washington Post

US intelligence officials confirmed previous reports that Russia favors reelection of President Donald Trump. A Washington Post suggests that notification to members of congress angered Trump, who questioned why the House intelligence committee was briefed before the White House. He removed the acting director of national intelligence. “Trump announced Wednesday that he was replacing [Joseph] Maguire with a vocal loyalist, Richard Grenell, who is the U.S. ambassador to Germany,” the article notes. “The shake-up at the top of the intelligence community is the latest move in a post-impeachment purge. Trump has instructed aides to identify and remove officials across the government who aren’t defending his interests, and he wants them replaced with loyalists.” US officials have urged campaigns approached by foreign operatives to reach out to authorities. Administration officials are wary of Democratic members of Congress after Trump’s impeachment for charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and the Senate acquittal. Trump resists US intelligence reports of election meddling, suggesting intelligence officers are being “played” and the ultimate goal is sabotage of his campaign. The report concludes: “officials at the agencies insist they have carried on the tradition of providing the president and his top aides with unvarnished information not infected by politics or policy agendas.” UPDATE: US intelligence officials notified presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders that Russia may be trying to help his campaign. Sanders responded to the Post: “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do. Candidates and voters must be vigilant. – YaleGlobal

Russia Wants Trump Reelected? Washington Post

After US intelligence officers advised members of Congress that Russia seeks Donald Trump’s reelection, he dismissed acting director of national intelligence
Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris, Josh Dawsey and Anne Gearan
Friday, February 21, 2020

  Russia has “developed a preference” for President Trump.       – US intelligence officials  “These are new paranoid reports, which, to our deep regret, will continue to grow in number as the election day approaches.”  – Spokesman for Russian President Vladimir PutinRead the article from the Washington Post about US intelligence reports on Russia's interest in the US presidential election. 

Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She covers cybersecurity, surveillance, counterterrorism and intelligence issues. She has also served as a Southeast Asia correspondent and covered the White House and Virginia state politics.  

Shane Harris covers intelligence and national security for The Washington Post. He has written two books, "The Watchers" and "@War," and is a national security analyst for CNN. Josh Dawsey is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. Anne Gearan is a White House correspondent for The Washington Post, with a focus on foreign policy and national security.

Also read the report from the Washington Post, "Bernie Sanders Briefed by US Officials That Russia Is Tryingt to Help His Presidential Campaign." In a separate interview, Sanders said he was briefed a month ago.

Also read the CNN report on the sentence of 40 months for Roger Stone, associate of Donald Trump, for obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering in the Mueller investigation of Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The case reveals ongoing polarization over US law enforcement and worries about political influence after the US attorney general intervened, suggesting that sentencing guidelines of seven to nine years were harsh. Four prosecutors resigned, with sentencing delayed. The prosecutors' replacements followed up by filing the same request for seven to nine years: "Although Jackson's sentence was ultimately much lower than the original request, the judge said prosecutors did the right thing when they followed the guidelines in their original efforts." © 1996-2020 The Washington Post