Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Trump Reportedly Still Doesn't Believe That Russia Interfered In The 2016 Election

Trump still unsure Russia interfered in election CNN sources Getty Images
Lillian Steele | 14 February, 2018, 19:22

USA intelligence officials said Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 US election, and now, with critical elections coming up in November and control of Congress at stake, officials said Tuesday that Putin is at it again.

King: Releasing memo would be "reckless, ' 'could expose sources" The Hill's 12:30 Report Azar sworn in as HHS chief MORE (I-Maine) said Wednesday that Russia's effort to interfere in the USA election is "one of the most serious attacks" on the nation since September 11, 2001.

Coats said that Russian Federation will continue using propaganda, false personas and social media to undermine the upcoming election.

The head of US intelligence told Congress Tuesday that Russian Federation, just as it did in the 2016 presidential election, is determined to meddle in the 2018 midterms in order "to undermine democracy, sew discord and undermine our values".

US spy agencies said past year they had determined Russian Federation used hacking and propaganda in an effort to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo told lawmakers the US and its allies "have built a global coalition pushing back against Kim Jong-un and his terror regime", and said he would disclose more information about the coalition's plans in a closed hearing later in the day.

"We are pulling all of our elements of intelligence gathering together to provide a very, very deep dive into what China's plan - is doing now and what their plans are for the future and how it would - impact on the U.S.", he said.

"This is going to go on", Risch said.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., pressed Coats and other intelligence leaders on whether President Donald Trump has directed them "to take specific actions to confront and blunt Russian influence activities that are ongoing".

He said there should be a national outcry - that people need to stand up and say, "We're not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how to run our country". They took advantage, a sophisticated advantage of social media.

Trump has cast doubt on the notion that there was Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, presenting it as sour grapes from supporters of defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

America's adversaries are circling like coyotes just beyond the light from the campfire, top intelligence officials warn - but that's not the scariest thing to some members of the Senate intelligence committee.

And after the Congress took real action against Russian Federation by slapping it with major sanctions in response to the interference, Trump completely undermined their work by declining to enforce the sanctions.

"We have a significant effort" to rebuff Moscow, he said.

Rogers and FBI Director Christopher Wray and said they, for example, are helping to brief state and local elections officials about the potential dangers from cyberattacks. And if they don't think it's important yet, maybe they would heed the word of the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. He hasn't even tweeted a single concern.

So the next milestone in the inquiry into Russian election interference - at least in the Senate - could be the release of the intelligence committee's long-awaited report finally giving the full story about what happened in 2016.

The panel's vice chairman, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, said the threat is real.

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