Russia is back, and once again they’re trying to help Donald Trump steal an election.
Bloomberg reports that the FBI is looking into Russian efforts to undermine the candidacy of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, the former Vice President who is seen as Trump’s strongest competition if he happens to win the Democratic presidential nomination:
“U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are assessing whether Russia is trying to undermine Joe Biden in its ongoing disinformation efforts with the former vice president still the front-runner in the race to challenge President Donald Trump, according to two officials familiar with the matter.
“The probe comes as senior U.S. officials are warning that Russia’s election interference in 2020 could be more brazen than in the 2016 presidential race or the 2018 midterm election.”
How exactly is Russia trying to undercut Biden? The same way the president has: By suggesting his son, Hunter, had business connections in Ukraine that were enhanced during the Obama administration:
“U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are assessing whether Russia is trying to undermine Joe Biden in its ongoing disinformation efforts with the former vice president still the front-runner in the race to challenge President Donald Trump, according to two officials familiar with the matter.”
Trump has already been impeached for his attempt to get the government of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for $391 million worth of military aid that was allocated by Congress but held up by the White House as leverage for the desired investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.
The Russians, however, face no such penalties for their meddling in yet another U.S. election. But the fact that the FBI is aware of their efforts and actively trying to push back on the Kremlin is encouraging.
However, Trump’s repeated attacks on the federal law enforcement and intelligence communities that were part of the investigation into the 2016 Russian attack on the presidential election raise an issue of whether or not the White House will allow any findings to be made available to the public.
There can be no doubt that Russia wants Trump to serve a second term in office. He is, after all, their useful idiot, and he has already helped weaken the U.S. at their behest.