Even though it’s gotten them sued, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, MyPillow guy Mike Lindell and others in Donald Trump’s orbit continue to spread the big lie that the United States presidential election in 2020 was hacked and turned upside down by voting machines controlled by the long dead former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
A declassified intelligence report released today totally debunks that conspiracy theory and squarely lays blame for election interference at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report concludes that Putin authorized a massive effort, mostly online, to undermine the candidacy of President Joe Biden. Putin’s tactics included influencing those close to Trump, apparently on the belief that another four years of Trump’s deference to him would best serve his interests.
While the report does not name him specifically, it’s not a stretch to conclude that Russia’s activities were focused on Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who made it his life’s work in the weeks leading up to the November election to manufacture allegations of corruption against Biden and his son, Hunter, involving Ukraine.
“Russian state and proxy actors who all serve the Kremlin’s interests worked to affect U.S. public perceptions in a consistent manner,” the report states. The report is the most comprehensive intelligence assessment to date of the foreign efforts to disrupt and influence the 2020 presidential election. It also is the most definitive repudiation of the claims made by Trump and his allies that Iran, China and other countries made an effort to interfere in the election. At various times after the Nov. 3, 2020, vote Trump floated any and all of those theories as to why he lost the election.
The only reason the twice-impeached, one-term former president hasn’t acknowledged for why he wasn’t returned for a second term is that more people – and more Electoral College delegates – voted for Biden.