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 BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat 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 ClintonA year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE were briefed beginning in August of 2016.