In a briefing, given to the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee last week, it was mentioned that Russia is already interfering in the 2020 campaign which is aimed to help Trump win the 2020 campaign. Similar tactics that were used in 2016 will be used again according to The Washington Post and The New York Times. These might include troll campaigns and hacking attempts.
Trump has replaced Joseph Maguire, Director of National Intelligence, the day after the briefing. Apparently this was a direct response to the briefing according to The Washington Post. However, The New York Times report that the briefing was primarily concerned about Russian threats to the election security.
There have been some public signs of Russia-linked election meddling, Facebook has removed many accounts believed to be engaged in propaganda campaigns in February, and many of them were Russian accounts.
In 2016, sophisticated and targeted operations were carried out in order to steal and disseminate emails from the Democratic National Committee. This had a significant impact on national opinions in the run-up election.
Trump has always questioned Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Earlier this week Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, claimed a Trump surrogate had offered him a pardon in exchange for evidence that would cast uncertainty on Russia’s involvement in the hack.