Despite fears of cyber attacks, adequate funding and White House focus to counter any new election interference are lagging

Intelligence warnings are growing that Russia will probably meddle in the 2020 elections, but Donald Trump and a powerful Senate ally are downplaying these concerns and not doing enough to thwart interfering, say Russia and cyber experts and key congressional Democrats.

Despite fears that Moscow may seek to influence the 2020 elections by launching cyber attacks, social media disinformation, covert agent operations and other “active measures” as it did in the 2016 election, adequate funding and White House focus to counter any new Russian meddling are lagging, experts and officials say.

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Russia would be remiss not to try again, given how successful they were in 2016

We continue to assess that the Russians are focused on sowing divisiveness and discord in this country…

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