US intelligence briefer exaggerated the assessment of Russia in 2020 election: report
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) came out over the weekend to say that the information he was given about the Russian involvement in the 2020 election wasn't as severe as reports made it out to be. Now there are reports that the intelligence briefer overstated the involvement.


According to CNN, "the U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views [President Donald] Trump as a leader they can work with. But the U.S. does not have evidence that Russia's interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said."

The problem, however, is that Russia absolutely is involved in the U.S. election in 2020, but they aren't all-in for Trump just yet.

"The intelligence doesn't say that," CNN cited a senior national security official. "A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference; it's a step short of that. It's more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he's a dealmaker."

There is a concern that crying-wolf will undermine the intelligence about Russia when it inevitably becomes clear what Russia's involvement is. Being wrong about the seriousness of Russia's involvement also can contribute to Trump's ongoing claims that Russia wasn't involved in 2016 and isn't involved at all now.

Read the full report from CNN.