American intelligence officials described the Trump administration's decision to focus on Iran's election disinformation campaign as "concerning," characterizing efforts by Russia to be a bigger threat to destabilizing Americans' faith in the integrity of election results. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe shared on Wednesday that both Russia and Iran have obtained voter registration information and that Iran specifically is attempting to "intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump." But former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson said it was "concerning to me that the administration is willing to talk about what the Iranians are doing — supposedly to hurt Trump — than what the Russians are likely doing to help him." While there is no evidence to suggest Moscow has changed vote tallies or voter registration in the U.S., insiders warned The New York Times that Russia's operations would likely "be intended to help President Trump."
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