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Pelosi:Russia, China Threats Not Equal 08/10 06:13

   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the threats of interference in the 
U.S. presidential election from Russia and China are not equal, pointing to a 
more serious risk with Moscow's efforts to boost President Donald Trump's 
reelection bid.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the threats of 
interference in the U.S. presidential election from Russia and China are not 
equal, pointing to a more serious risk with Moscow's efforts to boost President 
Donald Trump's reelection bid.

   "They're not equivalent," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Russia is actively 24/7 
interfering in our election. They did so in 2016, and they are doing so now." 
She urged intelligence agencies to "put more information out there" on the 
specific nature of the threats.

   An intelligence report last week said Russia was already using a "range of 
measures" to undercut Trump's Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, and promote 
Trump with misinformation on social media. The statement Friday by William 
Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, also 
said China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its 
criticism of the White House, and that Iran is also hoping Trump will lose.

   Pelosi said trying to equate China and Russia on the threat of foreign 
election interference doesn't tell the story.

   "The Chinese, they said, prefer Biden --- we don't know that, but that's 
what they're saying, but they're not really getting involved in the 
presidential election," she said.

   Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the U.S. 
is taking any threat to U.S. elections seriously. He said that China has 
engaged in cyberattacks and phishing "with respect to our election 
infrastructure."

   "We're not going to put up with it," he said. "We're going to take every 
action necessary to keep folks out, whether it's China or Russia or Iran or 
Cuba or Venezuela or others."

   Pelosi and other congressional Democrats have expressed concern that 
intelligence agencies have been withholding from the public specific 
intelligence information about the threat of foreign interference in American 
politics.

   "The facts are chilling," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., wrote in an 
op-ed published Friday evening in The Washington Post. "I believe the American 
public needs and deserves to know them. The information should be declassified 
immediately."

   Pelosi spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday"and O'Brien 
appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."

 
 
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