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USA accuses Russian Federation of 'pervasive' election meddling

03 August 2018

Coats and Nielsen were joined by Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Paul Nakasone, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray.

Trump has mulled easing sanctions against Moscow, held warm meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and refused to criticize him over the meddling in the 2016 election. "This includes measures to heighten the security and resilience of election systems and processes, to confront Russian and other foreign malign influence in the United States, to confront such aggression through global action, and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime".

"Our letter to Ambassador Bolton urged him and the Trump administration to fully implement the sanctions on Russia that Congress already passed, extradite the 12 Russian government officials indicted by Special Counsel Mueller, and commit to protecting diplomats and other U.S. personnel - both past and present", a Thursday statement from the senators read.

The officials all said that Russian Federation is engaged in continued efforts to meddle in United States elections with influence and misinformation campaigns, but emphasized that it's not yet at the scale that USA intelligence agencies saw in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

"This is a threat that we need to take extremely seriously".

Coats said that the "president himself" had told his agency heads to make securing the election process a "top priority". "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy".

Sanders won't say if the White House would push Congress to pass a nationwide law calling for a voter ID system.

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It has been nearly three weeks since President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki for two hours, and we still have very little idea what they spoke about.

"Our democracy is in the crosshairs", Ms Nielsen said, adding that the cyberthreat now exceeded the danger of a physical attack against the U.S. by a hostile foreign group. Trump told the crowd.

After the news conference with Trump and Putin, Coats issued a statement saying that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. Facebook this week also said it had deleted more than a dozen pages and profiles linked to "bad actors" linked to Russia-backed accounts from the last election. "Now, if only it was actually backed up by anything the president has said or done on Russian Federation".

Trump also increased US military spending in part to counter Russian aggression, according to Stewart. In addition, they have encountered cyber attacks against voting infrastructure and computer intrusions targeting elected officials.

"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".

For the first time since 2014, the number of Russians who said they had "positive" feelings towards the United States (42 percent) outweighed those who reported "negative" feelings (40 percent).

USA accuses Russian Federation of 'pervasive' election meddling