Intelligence official 'OVERSTATED' role of Russia in 2020 election to help Trump win a second term

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Shelby Pierson,inset, is the intelligence community's top election security official. She told lawmakers on Thursday that Russia was resuming interference efforts. Trump is main.
The intelligence official who told lawmakers Russia was meddling in the 2020 election to help Donald Trump win a second term is said to have overstated the country's role.

Shelby Pierson, who serves as the intelligence community's top election security official, told lawmakers last Thursday that Vladimir Putin's regime was resuming its efforts to interfere in American politics.

The House Intelligence Committee was told at a closed-door briefing that Russian operatives were trying to influence the 2020 race in Trump's favor and sow discord in the U.S. electorate, as spy chiefs believe they did in 2016.

But sources now say the 'intelligence doesn't say that', CNN reports. Another told Fox News Russia is not trying to make a 'play' to help Trump win a second term.

One told the network: 'A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it's a step short of that. It's more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he's a dealmaker.'

Another said Pierson's briefing was 'misleading' and lacked 'nuance' on the issue.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted in the wake of the news: 'Good thing for these bureaucrats there's no consequences for being wrong and getting the entire country into hysteria for 3 years... as long as it's against Trump!

'Imagine what would happen to them if they did this to Obama? They are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the USA.'

Shelby Pierson, left, told lawmakers last Thursday that Vladimir Putin's regime was resuming its efforts to interfere in American politics to help Donald Trump, right, win a second term

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted in the wake of the news

Republicans on the committee defended Trump while the president reacted angrily after discovering that chairman Adam Schiff, with whom he clashed during the impeachment process, had received the briefing.

Pierson chairs the Election Executive and Leadership Board, which was created in…
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