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Russia and Iran tried to influence 2020 election, intel report says

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A new intelligence report says Russia and Iran tried to influence the outcome of the 2020 election while China largely stayed out of it. Jeff Pegues reports.

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- Tonight, the intelligence community released the most comprehensive report on foreign interference in the 2020 election. It says more foreign actors tried to influence an election than ever before, but the most active this cycle, Russia and Iran. CBS's Jeff Pegues has all the new details.

JEFF PEGUES: Report's key judgments is that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The report says that Russia wanted to denigrate the candidacy of President Biden, while supporting former President Donald Trump, and did so by undermining confidence in the election and trying to divide the country.

US officials say part of Moscow's strategy was to use Russian agents to spread ant-Biden information. Andriy Derkach allegedly worked with Mr. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to spread false corruption allegations regarding President Biden's family in Ukraine. Konstantin Kilimnik, also named in the report, was a close associate of Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's former campaign chairman.

TOM WARRICK: This was Putin's plan to try to hurt Joe Biden's candidacy by helping Donald Trump, by trying to drag Joe Biden down. And it was done very much with malice aforethought.

JEFF PEGUES: A report also concludes that China considered trying to influence the election, but ultimately decided against it. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, Washington.