Foreign Interference in Election, Says DNI

The director of National Intelligence says China, Iran, and Russia interfered in the general election, according to a CBS correspondent.

CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge, says National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe confirmed foreign interference in the 2020 election.

“Well, DNI Ratcliffe leads the 17 intelligence agencies and he has access to the most highly classified information that is held by the U.S. government. And he told CBS News that there was foreign election interference by China, Iran, and Russia in November of this year,” said Herridge.

Herridge also says Ratcliffe expects a public report on the findings to come out in January.

The office of the DNI announced that the report on foreign threats in the election won’t meet the Dec. 18 deadline set by President Trump’s executive order.

The office says “the Intelligence Community has received relevant reporting since the election, and a number of agencies have not finished coordinating” on the report.

What Ratcliffe told CBS backs up the evidence provided in a sworn affidavit from a former electronic intelligence analyst under the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion.

The affidavit contains evidence from a network scan conducted on Nov. 8 that shows Dominion Voting Systems’ URL was connected via the internet to Belgrade, Iran, and China.

Dec. 18 marks 45 days after the Nov. 3 election, when, according to Trump’s executive order from 2018, the DNI should deliver a report on any potential attempts at interference—as well as the methods used, and who was involved and authorized those efforts.

Attorney Sidney Powell said on American Thought Leaders that the executive order, if used, gives Trump a large amount of special powers. And that there’s already enough evidence for him to use it.

“It’s more than sufficient to trigger the president’s executive order from 2018 that gives him all kinds of power, to do everything from seize assets to freeze things, demand the impoundment of the machines. I think under the emergency powers, he could even appoint a special prosecutor to look into this.”