Russian Federation plans to interfere in the 2018 midterms as part of its larger effort to ramp up cyber operations against the US and its allies, USA intelligence agencies said Tuesday.
Coats said informed this to lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on world wide threats organised by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Sen. Warner said he was concerned about the use of social media by bad actors and asked what single agency was in charge with identifying and countering that threat. Rogers added that he considers it his agency's job to gather intelligence for policymakers rather than act on it.
"We have seen Russian activities and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle", added Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The file was then closed in January but said earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received "additional information" and passed that along to the proper agencies.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's suggestion that the agency had spent thousands to buy damaging information about him was based on "atrocious" and "ridiculous" information.
But President Trump has repeatedly refused to accept the conclusion that Russia's interference tipped the scales in his favor, even as three separate investigations into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation - and possible collusion with the Kremlin - continue. Bergmann added: "There have been no Cabinet meetings on Russian interference, no agency has been charged with leading a response, and no election security legislation".
The efforts of Chinese companies to carve out a larger presence in the United States and sell more phones and other devices to ordinary Americans represents "counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services", said Sen.
That passivity contrasted with the intelligence chiefs' unanimous and unqualified warnings about Russian intentions in the midterms.
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The F.B.I.'s report, which said agents had interviewed more than 650 people, came one day after the release of Mr. But the F.B.I. report makes clear that the authorities knew very little in the moments after the episode.
Coats, a former senator appointed by President Donald Trump as Washington's top intelligence official, said he had already seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting US elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.
The nation's top spy just said Russian Federation will try to influence, and potentially undermine, the 2018 midterms. "There needs to be a national cry for that".
"We can not confront this threat, which [requires] whole of government response, when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists", King said.
"We had then, and we continue to have now "grave concerns" about the accuracy of the memo because of omissions", Wray explained.
Wray also distanced himself from Trump on other issues. They responded that Trump made no such direct request of them. "And I encourage our folks not to get hung up with what I consider the noise on TV and social media". Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, introduced legislation last week to ban the US government from buying or leasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE. He declined to discuss the content of that assessment publicly. We have no doctrine of deterrence.
Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he wanted the report to appear before this year's primaries and to convene another open hearing focusing on the tasks involved with safeguarding elections. You would think that if we have taken steps, local election officials would know about it, as would members of Congress.
Senators and the spy bosses said they anxious that the past denials about collusion and the partisan battles have stolen the focus in Washington from what should be the main national effort - deterring interference and defending elections now and in the future. The earliest primaries, in states such as IL and Texas, will come next month, though many occur in July and August.