The leader of the world’s largest country by landmass is believed to have expressed support for the president’s re-election campaign, according to espionage experts.
A senior Trump administration employee revealed Russian President Vladimir Putin fully supports President Donald Trump’s bid for another four years in the Oval Office.
However, Democrats used this significant vote of confidence in the present U.S. leadership without verifying its authenticity to accuse the president of allowing foreign interference to cause the Democratic Party to lose the 2020 general election.
“If reports are true and the president is interfering with that, he is again jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling, exactly as we warned he would do,” House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Twitter. “We count on the intelligence community to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections.”
The president’s allies rejected the unconfirmed allegations since the Trump administration had taken a harder stance on Russia that strengthened European security. The president also expressed his concern that any disclosure of this information would only encourage Democrats to “weaponize” the disclosure according to The New York Times.
A classified briefing to House members is said to have angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.
The president has already dismissed allegations of Russian interference in the general election as being part of a “deep state” conspiracy to remove the credibility of his victory at the 2016 election. Intelligence officials have since faced greater scrutiny in political debates and more recently in an investigation by the Department of Justice according to the paper.
U.S. intelligence agencies previously claimed Russia interfered in the 2016 election through social media campaigns and stealing and distributing emails from Democratic accounts. However, special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign according to The Associated Press.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) previously described the so-called Crossfire Hurricane as an FBI counterintelligence probe that was politically motivated.
He also believed the investigation posed a threat to a fair an impartial election process.
“I think ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was a danger to democracy,” he told Fox News’s “Hannity.” “I think it was set up to destroy the Trump campaign, not protect it from Russian influence.”
Graham urged former Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to explain why the investigation took two years to complete when it should have been finished much sooner.
“He should have figured it out in the first week there was nothing there,” Graham said.