Biden warns of Russian election interference after receiving intelligence briefings

Biden warns of Russian election interference after receiving intelligence briefings
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE said Friday he’s begun to receive intelligence briefings during the campaign and warned of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election.

“We know from before and I guarantee you I know now because now I get briefings again. The Russians are still engaged in trying to delegitimize our electoral process. Fact,” he said at a fundraiser Friday. 

“China and others are engaged as well in activities that are designed for us to lose confidence in the outcome,” he added. 

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Biden has only recently begun receiving intelligence briefings, noting at a June 30 event that he “very well may” ask for access to intelligence on reports that Russia had offered bounties to the Taliban for attacks on U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. 

Democrats have sounded the alarm that the country’s election systems are not secure amid concerns that Russia and other foreign adversaries could ramp up their election interference efforts after Moscow meddled in the 2016 race.

Presidential candidates are traditionally offered the chance to be briefed on intelligence in the runups to presidential elections. Both Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE were briefed beginning in August of 2016.