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On September 12, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13848 titled “Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.” Looking at the issue in retrospect at the time the EO was put into place, most would have focused attention on the Russians or Iranians in terms of who the EO might have been aimed at.

But now, given Joe Biden’s nomination as the Democrat candidate for President, the well-established history of business and financial connections between the Biden Family and the Communist Chinese Party, and the aggressive posture of the Trump Administration in responding to Chinese business and technology espionage, the focus of this EO is going to focus squarely on any Chinese efforts to influence – or corrupt – the recent Presidential election.

With that backdrop, let’s consider for a moment what EO 13484 requires over the course of the next 75 days.

Section 1. (a) Not later than 45 days after the conclusion of a United States election, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the heads of any other appropriate executive departments and agencies (agencies), shall conduct an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government, has acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in that election. The assessment shall identify, to the maximum extent ascertainable, the nature of any foreign interference and any methods employed to execute it, the persons involved, and the foreign government or governments that authorized, directed, sponsored, or supported it. The Director of National Intelligence shall deliver this assessment and appropriate supporting information to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

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