Russian Federation is behind a "pervasive messaging campaign" to undermine the November congressional elections and the 2020 presidential election, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday, vowing the Trump administration will "continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".
During Thursday's White House press briefing, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said his agency is meeting weekly with other agencies ahead of November's midterms.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and National Security Adviser John Bolton all expressed commitment to thwarting foreign efforts to sow discord in the USA and influence upcoming elections.
Mr Bolton also wrote to Senate Democrats, saying Mr Trump "has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government". "Now, if only it was actually backed up by anything the president has said or done on Russian Federation".
"Right now, we have not seen that", Coats told reporters.
A federal special counsel is leading a criminal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, and any possible cooperation with Mr Trump's presidential campaign.
US Cyber Command Chief Paul Nakasone said he'd received direct orders from Trump to fight Russian meddling.
Donald Trump on Wednesday told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation into Russian election meddling that has ensnared key members of his presidential campaign and cast a long shadow over his White House.
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Russian Federation and unnamed others are still seeking to influence United States midterm elections through messaging and sowing division, heads of the ODNI, FBI, DHS, and NSA told reporters, pledging to protect democracy but offering no details. "We discussed everything. We got along really well".
The Director said they "subsequently made the determination to make this a top priority, that it doesn't happen again".
"The threat is multi-disciplinary: targeting U.S. officials and other U.S. persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft, criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing, cyber-attacks against voting infrastructure along with computer intrusions". "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy".
He not only confirmed that Russia continues in attempts to meddle in USA elections, but also that this includes Russian individuals, the Kremlin, "and even add to that".
"We have to make sure we're pushing back on it, which is what we're doing".
He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working closely with social media companies ahead of the mid-term elections.
She noted it's not "unreasonable" for election officials to ask for an ID.
Mr Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in his favour.