The Department of Homeland Security delayed distribution of an intelligence report describing election interference by foreign powers seeking to raise doubts about the health of the presidential candidates, a spokesman told NBC News.
The DHS spokesman said the report, by DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, had been held up because it “lacked the necessary context and evidence.”
Titled, “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of U.S. Candidates to Influence 2020 Election, the unclassified report mentions Iranian and Chinese efforts to criticize Trump on health issues, but focuses on Russian-backed narratives about the mental health of former Vice President Joe Biden. It cites public sources, including Russian state media.