Biden Vows To Treat Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections As ‘Adversarial Act’

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday said he is putting Russia and other foreign governments “on notice,” vowing if elected swift retaliation by treating foreign interference attempting to interfere in the U.S. elections as “adversarial act.”

“Today, I am putting the Kremlin and other foreign governments on notice,” Biden said in a lengthy statement. “If elected president, I will treat foreign interference in our election as an adversarial act that significantly affects the relationship between the United States and the interfering nation’s government.”

The statement from Biden comes as Congressional Democratic demanded FBI Director Christopher Wray to hold a classified counterintelligence briefing with lawmakers on foreign interference efforts before the August congressional recess. The letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) cited no details of any threats, but are concerned that members of Congress appear to be the target of “concerted foreign interference campaign” ahead of the November elections.