The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump’s reelection.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.
“A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments,” The Washington Post reported Thursday. “Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter.”
The reporting was furthered by The New York Times.
“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, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him,” The Times reported.
But Nunes doesn’t think the story has legs, after speaking with Fresno Republicans.
“I don’t think anyone is buying it. I just left a big — a huge Republican dinner here in the San Joaquin Valley of California, President Trump was out yesterday, it was actually a joke tonight,” Nunes said, while speaking in front of tractors.
“Nobody is going to believe this garbage,” he predicted.
Devin Nunes says he was at a Republican dinner tonight and they were laughing it up over today’s Russia news pic.twitter.com/kPoqPeEZEe
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 21, 2020
‘Expect violence from Trump supporters’: Paul Krugman issues dire warning of what’s to come in 2020 election
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Wednesday issued a dire warning about what's to come in the 2020 presidential election, and he predicted that supporters of President Donald Trump would try to violently disrupt voting.
"I wonder how many people are ready for just how bad the next six weeks plus are going to be," Krugman wrote on Twitter. "This is going to be the most dangerous election since 1860, with substantial odds that America as we know it will be damaged or even destroyed."
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Chaos at Trump White House as impending staff shake-ups revealed ahead of election
The Trump administration is wreaking havoc again with its latest shake-up within government agencies as the White House says it’s preparing for President Donald Trump to be re-elected.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent out an email to administration officials on Monday. According to Axios, Meadows explained the impending changes.
“To prepare for the upcoming transition, I’ve asked John McEntee to look at replacing the White House Liaisons (WHLs) at many of your agencies. John will be working with outgoing liaisons to explore other opportunities,” Meadows said. “As you know, WHLs are senior-level staff responsible for managing the political appointee portfolio. The WHLs serve as a contact for the White House within each agency, rather than as the agency’s contact back to the White House and therefore these selections are at the discretion of the White House.”