US Intel Community Discusses Preventing More Alleged Russian Election Meddling

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"But we certainly are spending every effort we can to work with them to provide some answers to this question". Rogers added that he considers it his agency's job to gather intelligence for policymakers rather than act on it.

Pence made the remarks at an Axios event, where Mike Allen asked Pence if he agreed with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' testimony to Congress Tuesday warning that Russian Federation will target the 2018 midterms.

Tensions heightened previous year as the defiant regime conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test as well as three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the US.

The heads of the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency, as well as the director of national intelligence, were all in agreement about how important it is to address this threat.

At the end of the hearing, Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said that the panel hoped to release publicly the findings of its Russian Federation investigation "before the primaries begin" in March.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said America must redouble its efforts in this area.

Trump caused a stir during his trip to Asia when he suggested that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials that his government meddled in the election.

Pence later reiterated that he believes Russian Federation had "no impact" on the election results back in 2016 when President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. He didn't increase sanctions on Russian Federation when he had a chance to do so.

"He hasn't even tweeted a single concern", Warner said.

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Sen. Angus King (I-Me.) said he understood Trump's "sensitivity" surrounding Russian Federation, but said there was "no question" about the country's attempts to meddle int he election.

Beyond the US media and political space, the document asserts that the Moscow is particularly focused on such former Soviet republics as Ukraine, with a desire to counter "efforts by Washington and its allies "efforts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet states into European institutions".

"Directed by the president?" But none of the six said the president had specifically done so.

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said Wednesday the Trump administration takes the continued threat of Russian election meddling "very seriously".

North Korea's nuclear program poses a potential "existential threat" to the United States, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned on Tuesday.

In addition to Russian Federation, the officials were questioned about a multitude of potential threats confronting the United States, including North Korea's long-range missile campaign.

Russian election meddling isn't just a US issue - democracies across the globe are facing similar threats.

King's remarks come after officials told Senate Intelligence Committee leaders on Tuesday that they were working to prevent hacking during the November midterm elections.

"The effort to be bipartisan is not only public, but it's private", Burr said. "It is the committee's intent to make recommendations that will enhance the likelihood that security processes for our elections will be in place".

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