FBI director affirms Russia’s aim to "denigrate" Biden ahead of election

“The intelligence community consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections,” Wray said.

Unlike in 2016, when the most serious interference efforts involved hacking Democrats’ emails and state election systems, Wray said Russian activity so far this year seems more limited to misinformation campaigns.

“We certainly have seen very active efforts by the Russians to influence our elections in 2020,” he said, citing the use of social media, state media and other types of propaganda.

The Russians are trying “to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as a kind of anti-Russian establishment,” Wray said. He said the FBI recently alerted Facebook and Twitter to fake accounts that traced back to Russia, and that the companies then took down those profiles.