US Cites 'pervasive' Russian Efforts to Weaken Election

US Cites 'pervasive' Russian Efforts to Weaken Election

US Cites 'pervasive' Russian Efforts to Weaken Election

The U.S. intelligence community remains concerned about election security, and Russian Federation is still trying to interfere in American elections, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States", Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said.

To drive the point home, leaders from four U.S. intelligence agencies and John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, addressed Russian election influence campaigns at a press briefing Thursday.

Second, we know Trump is lying because at the disastrous Helsinki summit, Putin said right in front of Trump that he wanted him to win the election.

That effort includes three pillars: 1) investigations and operations; 2) information and intelligence sharing, working with worldwide partners to combat threats; and 3) establish strong relationships with the private sector, providing actionable intelligence to technology companies, and meeting with top social media executives "so they can better monitor their own platforms".

Democrats skeptical of the Trump-led effort to protect the elections said they were glad there was now a focus on it. Trump held a National Security Council meeting on the subject last Friday and Bolton sent a letter to Senate Democratic leaders to describe the effort.

We know that through the decades Russian Federation "has used propaganda to sow discord in America".

The stunning claim was made during a White House briefing following a meeting between Trump and his National Security Council over Russian actions. The president's tweet was merely reiterating that his camp wants the investigation over "sooner rather than later", Sanders said. They seriously stepped up their game though in 2016, Coats explained.

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The officials stressed that the administration is taking steps to actively confront cybersecurity threats, including attempts to influence elections through social media.

One reporter questioned whether US President Donald Trump had adequately challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin on the matter at their bilateral summit in Finland last month.

Gingrich said he believed Mueller to be a "very respectable guy" but his opinion has changed after seeing who Mueller hired for his team and the subsequent revelations about the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey and top agent Peter Strzok.

Amid the criticism from both sides of the political aisle, Mr Trump's personal attorneys also sought to walk back the comment, insisting the president was not ordering Sessions to do anything.

It's not the first time Trump attempts to persuade American voters that Russian Federation perceives him not as its asset in the White House, as claimed by the Russiagaters, but rather as a threat.

Stewart said he understands why Trump would be defensive about that. State and county officials have complained, however, that they lack money and time to make voting systems more secure.

She noted it's not "unreasonable" for election officials to ask for an ID.

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