...A national security official cited by CNN's Jake Tapper disputed the framing of stories from the New York Times and other outlets on Thursday that spoke of an intelligence assessment finding Russia is attempting to interfere in 2020's election to benefit President Trump.
...The source, who Tapper said "I know and trust" and was in agreement with "Others with firsthand knowledge," also added context to disputed claims from sources cited by the Washington Post that Trump is removing former Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire because the spy chief's team briefed members of Congress about the assessment.
...During the meeting, Pierson warned that "Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump reelected," according to five people cited by the New York Times.
...Russian interference on behalf of Trump in 2020 has never been claimed publicly by the U.S. intelligence community.
...The day after the briefing, the New York Times reported Trump "Berated" Maguire for letting it happen and said Trump "Cited the presence in the briefing" of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff "As a particular irritant." The Washington Post cited a source who claimed the briefing "Was the catalyst" that led Trump to replace him with U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Wednesday.
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