Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Russian Federation is continuing efforts to interfere in USA politics: intel chief

Russian Federation is continuing efforts to interfere in USA politics: intel chief

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.

But Nielsen said that USA agencies have "seen a willingness and a capability on the part of the Russians" to attack US election infrastructure.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, said that "free and fair elections" were the "cornerstone" of America's political system, adding: "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs".

"We have not seen that kind of robust campaign from them so far", Coats said in a briefing at the White House on Thursday.

The White House wants you to know it's taking threats to USA elections seriously.

He said the hackers were trying to steal information from candidates and government officials and were seeking to influence voters through social media bots.

People inside the White House said the burst of tweets reflected the anger Trump has aired privately for months, including about Sessions. All 50 states have partnered with the DHS to bolster nations' election infrastructure, Nielsen explained.

The senior politician said: "There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our elections. Our adversaries have shown they have the willingness and capability to interfere in our elections".

Bolton said Trump is "leading unprecedented action to punish Russia" for its efforts to disrupt American elections.

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Democrats and Republicans have lobbed criticisms at the Trump administration over their response to election interference.

Their rare appearance during a White House briefing came as a display of resolve, weeks after Trump publicly undermined the conclusions of American intelligence agencies regarding Russian interference.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said after talks with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.

Bolton also said that Trump has "made it abundantly clear to everybody who has responsibility in this area that he cares deeply about it" and that "he supports them fully".

Neither Wray nor Coats would directly address the president's characterization of the probe - but they and the others insisted the threat from Russian Federation and other actors was legit.

After the news conference with Trump and Putin, Coats issued a statement saying that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

On Thursday, Bolton said he meets with Trump on the issue of blocking interference in the 2018 campaign "constantly" and privately raised concerns with Putin during their meeting.

Karl also pointed to President Trump's claims that the Russians would attempt to boost Democrats in the midterms and questioned if there "has been any evidence whatsoever that".

"To suggest that the Russians interfered to break down our democracy without wanting to pick winners and losers is false".

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