Sen. Kamala Harris, the running mate to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said foreign interference by Russia could cost the pair the 2020 election.
“We have what happened in 2016, which is foreign interference,” Harris said during a CNN interview that aired Sunday. “We have a president who is trying to convince the American people not to believe in the integrity of our election system and compromise their belief that their vote might actually count. These things are all at play.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. intelligence community warned China, Russia, and Iran are seeking to influence the 2020 election. That assessment, released in August by Bill Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said Russia is “using a range of measures to primarily denigrate” Biden. The same report said China wants President Trump to lose reelection and that the Iran regime is seeking to undermine his presidency.
Although the Trump administration has raised a lot of concerns about China, Harris said she believes Russia will be at the forefront of any meddling efforts in 2020.
“I am clear that Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States in 2016,” Harris said. “I serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee. We have published detailed reports about exactly what we believe happened. And I do believe that there will be foreign interference in the 2020 election and that Russia will be at the front of the line.”
Asked if it could cost her and Biden the White House, Harris said, “Theoretically, of course.”
Harris also said Trump sowing doubt about the integrity of the U.S. election system is at play as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, part of which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. That decision outraged Democrats, who said the court essentially gutted a key provision of the law that was meant to correct decades of discriminatory treatment of black voters.
“In 2013, dozens of states passed laws that were designed to suppress the black vote, to suppress students from voting, to suppress our Indigenous people from voting … So, we have classic voter suppression,” she said.
Author: Mica Soellner
Source: Washington Examiner: Kamala Harris: Russian interference could cost us the election