FAST FIVE: "The Intelligence Doesn't Say That": National Security Official Pushes Back On 2020 Russian Meddling Report

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“A national security official I know and trust pushes back on the way the briefing/ODNI story is being told, and others with firsthand knowledge agree with his assessment,” tweeted Tapper on Friday, adding that a more reasonable interpretation is that Russia viwes Trump as a dealmaker they can work with – “not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else.” 2/ “What's been articulated in the news is that the intelligence community has concluded that the Russians are trying to help Trump again.

– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 21, 2020 4/ “It's more that they understand the president is someone they can work with, he's a dealmaker.

But not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else.

So he was out of joint with Maguire on that process.” – Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 21, 2020 Tapper hedges at the end – noting that none of this disputes that Russians (and others) are attempting to interfere in the 2020 election.  8/ ALSO none of this disputes that the Russians (and others) are attempting to interfere in the US election again.

– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 21, 2020 Tyler Durden Fri, 02/21/2020 – 10:02.

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