Top legislators on the Senate Intelligence Committee inform Axios their greatest fear in the instant days after Tuesday’s election is a “understanding hack” that throws the country into a constitutional crisis.
Why it matters: Networks of disinformation, both foreign and domestic, will have a long runway to undermine the integrity of our elections. Those aims could possibly be enhanced if President Trump joins in on questioning the credibility of the system.
- ” This is a really harmful moment; the only remedy is a landslide,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) tells Axios.
What we’re hearing: The chief concern within the committee, top members say, is that America’s foreign adversaries, namely Russia and Iran, will sow adequate doubt in the trustworthiness of the election that they will be successful in substantiating partisan claims that the election is deceptive.
- ” They don’t have to change votes,” King states. “They don’t have to clean registration rolls. All they have to do is raise doubt. All they have to do is raise enough concerns so that those who are prepared to call the election deceptive or unreasonable or rigged