he Department of Homeland Security sat on a memo detailing a Russian effort to spread rumors about Joe Biden’s mental health, saying it did not meet the department’s standards.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf was asked to approve the document before it was sent to federal, state, and local law enforcement, but it was never distributed.
According to ABC News, DHS wrote a bulletin on the matter titled “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of US Candidates to Influence 2020 Election.” It was submitted for review on July 7 and was slated to be sent to federal, state, and local law enforcement on July 9.
The document, which was originally submitted by DHS’ legislative and public affairs office, was flagged for Wolf’s review.
“Please hold on sending this one out until you have a chance to speak to [Wolf],” DHS chief of staff John Gountanis wrote in an email at the time, ABC reported.
A department spokesperson told ABC the document was “delayed” and that it ultimately fell short of standards needed to approve it.
The draft document, according to ABC, said that intelligence analysts concluded with “high confidence” that “Russian malign influence actors are likely to continue denigrating presidential candidates through allegations of poor mental or physical health to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.”