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Glenn Kirschner: As in 2016, the 2020 Election Under Attack by Both Foreign (Russia) & Domestic (Trump/Barr) Threats

09/08/2020

America, Land of the Free – bastion of liberty and tolerance. Yeah, right

August 07 2020

Senator Richard Blumenthal sounded an alarm recently by stating (via Tweet) that he is “shocked and appalled – I just left a 90 minute classified briefing on foreign malign threats to our elections. From spying to sabotage, Americans need to see and hear these reports.”

This fact, coupled with AG Bill Barr’s recent declaration that he WILL announce (in violation of DOJ protocol) the results of US Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, are exposing troubling parallels with what we experienced in the run-up to the 2016 elections. Shortly before the 2016 elections, FBI Director James Comey announced information that was deeply damaging to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, while at the same time our government concealed from us the evidence it was uncovering of improper contacts and coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

We are now in a horrifically similar position: damaging information (ok, disinformation given that Barr will undoubtedly spin the findings and conclusions of the Durham report to Trump’s advantage just as he did with the Mueller report) while our government hides from us the deeply troubling evidence of foreign interference referenced in Sen. Blumenthal’s statement.

This is a call to all law-abiding members of Congress: step up, speak out, you have seen something, please say something to protect the integrity of our upcoming elections, the American voter and the republic.

About Glenn Kirshner

Glenn Kirschner brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. Glenn is an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst and teaches criminal law at George Washington University.

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