White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien isn’t concerned about Russian interference in U.S. elections because his counterpart in Moscow assured him there are no such plans.
The adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he had delivered the warning during a meeting in Geneva on Friday with Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council. Mr. O’Brien did not disclose what else was discussed, but the meeting comes as the administration is racing a deadline to decide whether to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty and as it faces pressure to act against Moscow after the poisoning of Aleksei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader.
According to the CBS News transcript, O’Brien explained that he “demanded” to Patrushev that Russia not interfere in U.S. elections, adding, “The Russians have committed to” steering clear.
It’s quite likely that the national security adviser knew that Donald Trump was watching, and his job might have been in jeopardy had he said anything different on the subject.
But, c’mon. Russia has “committed” to staying out of our elections, and that’s good enough for O’Brien?
As the top White House official on national security policy really ought to know, William Evanina, Trump’s director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, recently released a statement documenting the fact that Kremlin-linked operatives are already actively involved in an effort to keep the Republican president in power.
Soon after, the Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence bulletin warning about Russian efforts to undermine our elections with false claims about our electoral system, which just so happened to echo the White House’s talking points.
Then, of course, FBI Director Chris Wray delivered sworn congressional testimony describing “very active efforts” by Russia to interfere in the 2020 election by trying to “denigrate” the