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Schiff dismisses AG Barr's claims about China election threat

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks at a press conference outside a US Post Office in Burbank, California, August 18, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has dismissed Attorney General William Barr's claim that China posed the greatest threat to US elections this year. 

"That’s just a plain false statement by the attorney general, a flat-out false statement," Schiff said on Sunday in an interview with CNN.

Schiff said by this statement Barr aimed to mislead the nation.

"What Bill Barr just did in that statement was just flat-out mislead the American people," he insisted. 

Schiff's remarks came just days after Barr was asked to comment about US spy agencies claims that Russia, China and Iran were attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections..

Schiff said "Bill Barr is willing to do anything or say anything to help Donald Trump."

Asked whether he was accusing Barr of lying, the California congressman said that is "basically what he's doing."

Last week, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien claimed China has taken the most active role among countries seeking to interfere in the upcoming US election.

China has “the most massive program to influence the United States politically," he said without offering more details. 

O’Brien had claimed earlier that the United States had seen Chinese hackers targeting US election infrastructure.

Last month, William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), claimed that foreign states were using "covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway US voters."

He said Russia was already targeting Trump's rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while China was targeting the Republican presidential candidate, Trump. Iran, according to Evanina was opposed to Trump's reelection, as well.

Trump has made getting tough on China a key part of his campaign for reelection in November. and blames China over the coronavirus pandemic.

In a speech to the Republican National Convention last month, Trump said that Beijing wanted Biden to win the election.

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