Jordan, Biggs demand answers from Wray on FISA abuses

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently declassified a November 2020 opinion memo raising concerns about the FBI’s “apparent widespread violations” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and House Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) are demanding that FBI Director Chris Wray answer to the opinion. The two lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday, which also asked Wray how he is reforming the FBI to ensure the process is being used in a constitutional manner.

In their letter, Jordan and Biggs note that the ODNI’s memo highlights the misuse of FISA’s Section 702, which states that the government can permit the surveillance of foreigners outside the U.S. for national security purposes, to spy on American citizens.

The two Republican lawmakers also cite Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report showing abuse of the FISA process to illegally spy on members of the Trump campaign. The report revealed 17 “errors and omissions” and 51 incorrect points used as a basis for the surveillance.

Wray previously said the FISA warrant obtained against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page wasn’t justified and he’s promised to reform the system, but Jordan and Biggs aren’t convinced that anything has changed.

The FBI declined to comment on the letter, in an email to this reporter.

The Republican Congressmen ask Wray to provide the following:

“The recently released FISC opinion only raises more questions about the FBI’s respect for the constitutional and statutory parameters of FISA. Given the seriousness of this matter for civil liberties, please provide the following information immediately:

1. Please explain why almost a year after the OIG’s report about FISA abuses, the FISC found the FBI to still be abusing its warrantless surveillance authority under section 702.

2. Please provide a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 in which the FBI has queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.

3. Please explain what actions you have taken in the wake of the FISC’s November 2020 memorandum opinion and order to prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens.”

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Sens. Johnson, Grassley Slam Intelligence Chiefs For Partisan Information Leaks

Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa requested a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines after confidential information missing context was leaked to the public from an allegedly secure briefing.

The letter, the senators wrote, follows an article from the Washington Post alleging that there was an “an extensive effort by the [FBI] to alert members of Congress … that they faced a risk of being used to further Russia’s attempt to influence the election’s outcome[.]” Not only did the article rely on anonymous former U.S. officials to create the report, but Johnson and Grassley said it was inaccurate.

“The article then inaccurately proceeded to link Russian disinformation attempts to our investigation, which was based on Obama administration government records and records that showed extensive financial connections between the Biden family and questionable foreign nationals, including individuals connected to the communist Chinese government’s military and intelligence services,” the letter read.

The Republicans also said that the corporate media outlet used information from a confidential briefing “in response to pressure from Democratic Leadership” without giving proper context, just as the senators previously feared.

“The briefing was not specific. Moreover, it consisted primarily of information that we already knew and information unconnected to our investigation,” the letter stated. “We made clear to the FBI briefers on August 6, 2020, that the briefing was not relevant to the substance of our work. We also made clear our concern that the briefing would be subject to a leak that would shed a false light on the focus of our investigation. Indeed, last week’s article did exactly that.”

The senators were promised that the information in the briefing would be kept secure and were comforted when intelligence officials “rightly refused to disclose who else they would brief on the same matter,” but that didn’t prevent a leak that Johnson and Grassley said disseminated fake news.

“Clearly, that promise of confidentiality was breached. The result was the spread of false information about our investigation and an inaccurate news article sourced, in part, to government officials,” the letter stated, requesting notes and other documents related to the briefing. “The sources of this false reporting could include FBI and Intelligence Community personnel and we request to meet with you in person to discuss this matter.”

Grassley and Johnson previously sent a letter in August 2020 after the original briefing requesting notes and “all intelligence reporting, products, and analysis that formed the basis of the briefing; the name/s of the person/s who recommended that we be briefed; and a description of the process for deciding to brief us and the substance of the briefing, as well as any information you deem pertinent.”


Report: Boulder Mass Shooting Suspect ‘Previously Known to FBI’

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, the suspected gunman in a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, was reportedly previously known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) because of his ties to another person under investigation.

The New York Times reported Tuesday evening: “The suspect’s identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials.”

As Breitbart News noted earlier Tuesday, citing the Denver Post, the suspect also had a criminal record. The Post reported:

Alissa has a minor criminal history in Colorado, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and court records.

He was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2018 for an incident that happened in 2017, and was sentenced to two months of probation and 48 hours of community service.

Arvada police Detective Dave Snelling also confirmed the local department had at least two interactions with Alissa over the past several years, including cases of simple assault and criminal mischief, though additional details weren’t immediately available.

Snelling would not say whether local police had received any warnings or complaints about Alissa recently, however, and instead deferred the question to the FBI.

The Daily Beast reported that the suspect’s brother said he suffered from mental illness, paranoia, and antisocial behavior.

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in the Senate that he did not have enough resources to deal with all of the threats facing the country. Wray told the Senate that “racially motivated violent extremism is the biggest chunk of our domestic terrorism portfolio.” The FBI has also been tasked with finding those involved in the Capitol riot in January.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Democrat Senator Suggests FBI Investigation of Kavanaugh Is ‘Fake’

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland last Thursday to look into the 2018 FBI background investigation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is pressing newly-appointed U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to take a closer look at the 2018 FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh raised during his confirmation hearing. In the March 11 letter to Garland, Whitehouse suggested the original investigation might have been “politically constrained,” perhaps even “fake.”

The Rhode Island Democrat accused the FBI of refusing to accept evidence corroborating the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, claiming witnesses like Partnership for Public Service CEO Max Stier “‘tried in vain to reach the F.B.I. on their own,’ but could find no one at the Bureau willing to accept their testimony.”

Furthermore, Whitehouse challenged the FBI’s use of a “tip line” meant to collect further testimony. “This ‘tip line’ appears to have operated more like a garbage chute, with everything that came down the chute consigned without review to the figurative dumpster,” Whitehouse wrote.

Whitehouse also brought up FBI Director Christopher Wray’s alleged refusal to answer congressional inquiries as to whether the investigation was conducted with established procedures, saying:

If standard procedures were violated, and the Bureau conducted a fake investigation rather than a sincere, thorough and professional one, that in my view merits congressional oversight to understand how, why, and at whose behest and with whose knowledge or connivance, this was done.

The senator further excoriated the FBI, saying its “‘stonewall’ of all questions related to this episode provides little reassurance of its propriety,” and suggesting even if proper procedures were indeed followed, they were inadequate:

If, on the other hand, the “investigation” was conducted with drawbridges up and a fake “tip line” and that was somehow “by the book,” as Director Wray claimed, that would raise serious questions about the “book” itself.

“It cannot and should not be the policy of the FBI to not follow up on serious allegations of misconduct during background check investigations,” he concluded. The Department of Justice confirmed their receipt and review of the letter, while the FBI is referring reporters back to the DOJ.

Whitehouse has been vocal about corruption and so-called “dark money” in the GOP, despite being labeled “the biggest hypocrite in politics” for his alleged benefit from the same sort of political funding.

During the October 2020 Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Whitehouse used his time to present a conspiracy theory meant to “predicate” his questions, but he did not follow the presentation by asking any.


Fmr. intel official defends Antifa when discussing Jan. 6, white supremacist groups

A former intelligence official, Clint Watts, on Tuesday defended Antifa when discussing the role of various groups in the violent January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five people dead.

His comments came after FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier on Tuesday testified before senators about the bureau’s sweeping investigation into the events of January 6, saying that there wasn’t “any evidence” Antifa staged the riot and framed it on Trump supporters, as a number of Trump allies have alleged. So far, over 300 people have been charged in connection with the attack, which Wray called “domestic terrorism.”

WRAY HEARING: Wray admits he wasn’t aware of the FBI’s report of a pre-planned attack on the Capitol

Watts, who has served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and has been affiliated with other counterterrorism groups, made the comments Tuesday evening on MSNBC.

“There is no equivalency by any measure between Antifa or any political-left terrorism right now and what’s going on on the political right,” said Watts, who is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

During the summer, a number of individuals with ties to Antifa committed acts of violence and vandalism at various Black Lives Matter protests across the country, especially in Portland, Oregon. In recent months, Antifa extremists have carried out vandalism in that city—such as on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, when Antifa members damaged a Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building as well as the Democratic Party of Oregon’s headquarters.

RELATED: Antifa vandalize ICE building, Dem HQ in Portland after Biden inauguration

“And I always like to remind people when they hear ‘Antifa,’ that means ‘anti-fascist,’ which in response to another,” Watts continued. “So if you have Antifa, you have ‘fa,’ or as in ‘fascist,’ which comes down to white supremacy.”

He went on to say that white supremacy is “the No. 1 issue in the country in terms of domestic terrorism and terrorism overall, and it’s followed up very closely behind by anti-government militia groups,” then citing Wray’s comments about far-right militia groups from that day’s hearing.

“We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection with [January 6],” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “That doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and we’ll continue to look, but at the moment we have not seen that.”

The FBI director also said that the number of FBI domestic terrorism investigations has doubled since he assumed his role in 2017 to over 2,000. During his tenure, the number of probes into white supremacists has tripled, with the number of investigations into anarchist extremists having considerably risen too, Wray mentioned.

WRAY HEARING: Sens. Lee, Hawley grill Wray over geolocation data and the FBI reportedly working with banks in Jan. 6 probe

During Tuesday’s hearing, Watts tweeted a couple of his thoughts expressing his displeasure with the hearing and the discussion of Antifa.

“Cannot wrap my head around how Senator Grassley can compare what happened on January 6 and years of white supremacist mass shoutings being equivalent in any way to left wing extremism,” he posted at 10:28 a.m.

And, a little over half an hour later, Watts wrote: “Almost an hour into hearing, Antifa has been mentioned many times and there’s not been a single mention of QAnon, Proud Boys, III%er or Oathkeepers – all surfaced in Jan 6 charges. Antifa as of now has not surfaced in Jan 6 & Wray said he’s seen no evidence of it.”

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Refused To Disclose Cause Of Death For Officer Brian Sicknick

FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to disclose details surrounding Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s January death before lawmakers Tuesday.

Media speculation about Sicknick’s death on the day after the Capitol riot fueled Democratic conspiracies perpetuated by legacy outlets. This was primarily from a New York Times report, which initially said Sicknick was killed by a blunt blow from a fire extinguisher.

“There is an ongoing investigation into his death,” Wray explained in response to a question from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “I have to be careful at this stage because it’s ongoing, not to get out in front of it.”

“So does that mean since the investigation’s going on, you have not determined the exact cause of the death?” Grassley asked.

“That means we can’t yet disclose cause of death at this stage,” Wray responded.

“But you have determined the cause of death?” Grassley pushed.

“I didn’t say that. We’re not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death,” Wray clarified.

The FBI director’s denial of any new details surrounding Sicknick’s death is likely to fuel new conspiracies over the officer’s passing, which was politicized by Democrats in pursuit of impeachment against now-former President Donald Trump.

The false narrative that Sicknick was killed by a fatal hit from a fire extinguisher amid the chaos first emerged from a piece in the New York Times published on Jan. 8, headlined “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.”

“[Pro]-Trump supporters … overpowered Mr. Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials,” the paper reported two days after the riot.

The paper later quietly corrected its reporting with an “update” pinned to the top of the page as the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings wrapped up, weeks after subsequent reporting had already debunked its original claims that Sicknick’s death came as a consequence of a fire extinguisher.

“UPDATE: New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police,” the page now reads.

The update was published on Feb. 26. On Feb. 2., CNN published a story in which medical examiners ruled out the idea Sicknick “sustained any blunt force trauma,” let alone by a fire extinguisher. ProPublica published a story casting doubt on the New York Times’ fire extinguisher story far sooner, on Jan. 8, with comments from Sicknick’s brother Ken, who told the paper Brian texted the family hours after the attack that he had been pepper-sprayed but was doing fine.

House Democrats, however, cited the Times’ unproven theory in their impeachment pretrial memo.

“Insurrectionists killed a Capitol police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” Democrats claimed.

Officer Sicknick’s mother, Gladys, threw more cold water on the fire extinguisher conspiracy last week, telling the Daily Mail that they so far believe her son might have suffered a stroke.

“He wasn’t hit on the head, no,” Gladys Sicknick told the Daily Mail. “We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. … We’d love to know what happened.”


Wray can’t confirm cause of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, FBI Director Chris Wray couldn’t confirm the cause of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death. Sicknick passed away after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, but his cause of death is still unknown.

“There is an ongoing investigation into this death,” Wray told Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R, IA.”I have to be careful at this stage because it’s ongoing not to get out in front of it. But I certainly understand and respect and appreciate the keen interest in what happened to him. After all, he was here protecting all of you, and as soon as there’s information that we can appropriately share we want to be able to do that. But at the moment the investigation is still ongoing.”

On whether the FBI has determined the cause of Sicknick’s death, Wray said, “That means we can’t yet disclose a cause of death at this stage.” But when Wray was further pressed by Grassley, he said the FBI is “not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death.”

Sicknick died on January 7, but investigators have yet to release his cause of death.

Sicknick’s mother said late last month that she’s unsure of her son’s cause of death after it was first reported by many outlets that the Officer was killed by rioters who hit him in the head with a fire extinguisher.

“He wasn’t hit on the head no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure,” she told The Daily Mail. “We’d love to know what happened.”

On January 8, The New York Times reported that Sicnick died as a result of the blunt force of being hit with a fire extinguisher. The paper later quietly corrected the report in a February 11 separate piece, writing: “Investigators have found little evidence to back up the attack with the fire extinguisher as the cause of death, the official said. Instead, they increasingly suspect that a factor was Officer Sicknick being sprayed in the face by some sort of irritant, like mace or bear spray, the law enforcement official said.”

RELATED: NYT corrects report on Brian Sicknick’s death

Moreover, on January 8, it was reported by ProPublica that Sicknick’s family had communicated with Officer Sicknick after he was hurt and that there was no mention of a fire extinguisher. At the time, the family was heading to Washington from New Jersey, which is Sicknick’s home state.

“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” Ken Sicknick, his brother, told ProPublica. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”

Sicknick was later placed on a ventilator and passed away before his family made it to the hospital to see him, according to the family.

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WH press secretary: Pres. Biden will keep Christopher Wray as FBI director

White house press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Thursday that President Joe Biden will keep Christopher Wray as director of the FBI and that he has confidence in Wray after she declined to say Wednesday if the new president intended to keep him in the role and if he had confidence in Wray.

“I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing,” Psaki tweeted Thursday afternoon.

When asked at a Wednesday evening press briefing if Wray would stay at the top of the FBI, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to answer. She also did not provide a direct answer to the question of if Biden has confidence in Wray. That evening, she told reporters she had not spoken with Biden about Wray specifically “in recent days.”

Her Wednesday evening comments spurred a flurry of reports from multiple outlets early on Thursday, with a variety sources telling them that Biden will keep Wray as FBI director.

Back in December, The New York Times had reported that Biden planned to keep Wray in the role.

Currently, the FBI is investigating the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol. Over 100 people so far have received federal charges and dozens have been arrested in connection to the storming of the U.S. Capitol the same day Congress tallied the Electoral College votes and certified Biden’s victory, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. This past week, a Justice Department official said that there are over 300 open FBI investigations.

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Wray was nominated to the role of FBI director in June 2017 after then-President Donald Trump the previous month had fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been spearheading investigations into now-debunked links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. FBI directors serve 10-year terms.

Trump’s firing of Comey resulted in Robert Mueller being appointed as special counsel.

Wray broke with the former president early on in his tenure. In July 2017, Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he did not believe Mueller’s probe was a “witch hunt,” in contradiction to what Trump had routinely alleged.

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Top GOP reps. urge FBI to provide information about reported CCP infiltration of U.S. govt.

High-ranking House Republicans on Monday sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, calling upon the bureau to provide information regarding reported infiltration of U.S. government institutions by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its operatives.

Over the past few years, U.S. worries about China’s growing influence have skyrocketed, especially during the administration of President Donald Trump, who has likely been the most aggressive president in recent decades toward the authoritarian country as it tries to accumulate more power.

Reps. James Comer (Ky.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Glenn Grothman (Wis.), Michael Cloud (TX), Chip Roy (TX), and Mark Green (Tenn.) are among the Republicans who signed the letter.

“We write concerning the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) matter preventing and combating the attempts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to spy on American citizens, steal intellectual property, and suppress free speech of American CCP dissenters,” the letter reads. “Recent reporting suggests these CCP attempts have garnered significant results, including interacting with a Member of Congress on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.”

The letter’s focus then turned to U.S. educational and governmental institutions, citing reports of CCP spies infiltrating these entities.

“This year we have inquired into institutes of higher education failing to disclose monetary ties to the CCP, CCP disinformation campaigns regarding the origins and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCP providing false information to the World Health Organization (WHO), and CCP theft of American COVID-19 vaccine research,” the members of Congress write.

Furthermore, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s December 3 opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal titled “China Is National Security Threat No. 1” is also cited by the group of House Republicans to support their claim that China is the United States’ top external threat.

RELATED: DNI Ratcliffe labels China ‘greatest threat’ to freedom since World War II

“It is imperative we treat the CCP as what they are-adversaries,” they write. “Indeed, the Director of National Intelligence recently proclaimed China as ‘the greatest threat to America today’ and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.”

Moreover, the letter’s attention shifted to the ongoing scandal with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and reports that he engaged in a relationship with a Chinese spy.

RELATED: Report: Suspected Chinese Spy Developed Relationships with U.S. politicians, including California Rep. Swalwell

“According to media reports, the CCP intelligence operative known as Fang Fang had developed extensive relationships with elected officials at every level of government, including a Democrat U.S. Congressman,” the letter says. “U.S. intelligence officials believe Fang Fang’s operation was orchestrated by the CCP’s primary civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), between 2011 and 2015.”

“The operative targeted primarily Democrat politicians in the San Francisco area, but also around the country,” it continues. “Fang Fang gained influence through campaigning, fundraising, and cultivating romantic relationships with elected officials and their staff. This allowed her to learn these officials’ habits, schedules, and preferences, potentially to share this information with the MSS.”

After which, the letter arrives at its purpose and asks Wray and the FBI to schedule a briefing with the group of House Republicans before December 21.

“Depending on the total number of active CCP operatives and the breadth of the MSS operation across our country, any number of elected officials could potentially be compromised without even knowing it,” the letter states. “Therefore, to help us better understand the depth and breadth of CCP influence in government institutions, as well as the FBI’s efforts to investigate and affirmatively combat CCP efforts, please schedule a staff level briefing on this issue by December 21, 2020.”

It is not yet known whether or not the FBI will comply and schedule such a briefing before the listed date.

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FBI: Lincoln Project Never Trumpers Peddled Iranian Disinformation Meant To Help Biden

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia are working to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election.

“We would like to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections,” Ratcliffe said during an evening press conference, following efforts by the intelligence and law enforcement communities to ensure the election is safe and secure.

According to Ratcliffe, Iran and Russia got their hands on U.S. voter registration information, enabling the foreign adversaries to send false information to registered voters as a means to sow chaos and confusion and undermine the public’s confidence in America’s electoral process.

“To that end, we have already seen Iran send spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump,” Ratcliffe said.

The foreign nations aren’t the only disseminators of false information. American groups including Never Trump operation the Lincoln Project served as Iran’s American digital foot soldiers, buying into the disinformation and amplifying it.

After the Wednesday press conference, the Lincoln Project deleted its recent tweet, which claimed, “The Proud Boys are attempting to scare voters away from the polls.”

Lincoln Project

Lincoln Project

“Media did exactly what Iran knew they would do. They assumed fake ‘Proud Boys’ e-mails were real, then used them to attack Trump,” a senior intelligence official told The Federalist in light of tonight’s announcement.

Following the announcement, mainstream media reporters, including PBS White House correspondent and MSNBC contributor Yamiche Alcindor, continued peddling the Iran line:

“Some members of the media are doing Iran’s job for them in spite of literally just being warned not to,” the senior intelligence official told The Federalist.

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Ratcliffe also noted that Iran is disseminating other content, including a video indicating that people, including people overseas, could cast fraudulent ballots. “This video and any claims about such allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true,” he said.

While Ratcliffe said the U.S. has not seen the same actions from Russia, that country also obtained the voter information. “These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” Ratcliffe said.

“We are not going to tolerate foreign interference in our elections or any criminal activity that threatens the sanctity of your vote or undermines public confidence in the outcome of the election,” added FBI Director Wray.

These attempts by Iran and Russia, aided by the Lincoln Project, are occurring as Big Tech companies actively censor important information from voters, specifically, a bombshell New York Post report about corruption in the Biden family which detailed Hunter Biden’s alleged slimy foreign business deals during his father’s vice presidency. One full week after breaking the story and being censored by Big Tech, Twitter still has not unlocked the account of the New York Post, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, started by Alexander Hamilton.

Meanwhile, 2020 election voting is underway with an overwhelming number of voters receiving mail-in ballots. Attorney General William Barr, among many others, warned mass voting-by-mail, which is ripe for abuse and fraud, will also undermine the public’s confidence in the outcome of our election. It’s “reckless and dangerous,” Barr said. “We’re a very closely divided country here, and people have to have confidence in the legitimacy of the government.”