Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel - 2020-09-29

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F0.png Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel September 29, 2020, Andrew Desiderio, Politico

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified a Russian intelligence assessment that was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee as having no factual basis, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The extraordinary disclosure, released to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) earlier Tuesday, rankled Democrats, who said the move effectively put Russian disinformation into the public sphere in order to boost President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims about the government's efforts to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"It's very disturbing to me that, 35 days before an election, the director of national intelligence would release unverified Russian rumint," or rumor intelligence, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) told reporters.

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