FBI Director: We Expect Russia to Try and 'Generate Chaos' for 2020
Christopher Wray warns lawmakers about coming interference
FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Russia will attempt to interfere with the coming 2020 presidential elections, according to reports.
"We are keenly focused on preparing for the 2020 election in terms of malign influence threat," Wray told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
"We expect to see efforts to sow divisiveness and discord, and likely efforts to use fake news and propaganda and fake persons and et cetera, which might be done in a way geared towards affecting particular races but also might be done just to generate chaos.
"Either way, we’re keenly attuned to it and focused on it."
Wray appeared before the panel to speak to the FBI's fiscal year 2020 budget request, described how it was unclear whether Moscow's efforts to interfere would be e aimed at boosting President Donald Trump or another candidate.
"I don’t think that we have the answer to that at the moment," he said.
"We continue to assess that the Russians are focused on sowing divisiveness and discord in this country and pitting us against each other — and that part I think we see alive and well."
Wray urged 2020 campaigns to get in touch with the FBI with any information regarding unusual communications with a foreign national or conduit ahead of the 2020 contest.
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"My view is that if any public official or member of any campaign is contacted by any nation-state or anybody acting on behalf of a nation-state about influencing or interfering with our election, then that is something the FBI would want to know about it," he said.
The Democrats' "Russia narrative"
Just last year, the Billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, was forced to apologize for funding an elaborate 'fake Russian bot' campaign against Republican Roy Moore.
Hoffman gave $750,000 to American Engagement Technologies (AET) who then injected $100,000 towards New Knowledge, a cybersecurity firm which created thousands of fake Russian bots to follow Moore.
The Democrats ran a crooked Twitter campaign to boost Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the October 2017 special election.
Operatives from the Democrat party created thousands of fake Twitter accounts acting as Russian bots and connected them to Jones's Republican contender, Roy Moore, to launch the 'Russian interference' narrative.