DHS warns that Russia is promoting Trump’s mail-in voting conspiracy

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The Department of Homeland Security intelligence branch warns federal and state authorities that it knows with “high confidence” that Russian actors are amplifying disinformation about universal mail-in voting.

The bulletin comes just one day after an ABC News report that DHS secretly blocked a July intelligence bulletin about a Russian smear campaign against Joe Biden. Both bulletins track the Russian influence campaign to events beginning in March.

“Russian state media and proxy websites in mid-August 2020 criticized the integrity of expanded and universal vote-by-mail, claiming ineligible voters could receive ballots due to out-of-date voter rolls, leaving a vast amount of ballots unaccounted for and vulnerable to tampering,” the bulletin notes.

“These websites also alleged that vote-by-mail processes would overburden the U.S. Postal Service and local boards of election,” it continues, “delaying vote tabulation and creating more opportunities for fraud and error.”

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Donald Trump first attacked mail-in voting as “massive fraud and abuse” and “the end of our great Republican party” in early April, less than a month after Russian agents published the same conspiracy.

Attorney General William Barr is also actively fear mongering about mail-in voting, despite telling Congress that he has no evidence to support his claims.





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