A federal special counsel is leading a criminal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and any possible cooperation with Trump's presidential campaign.
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 worldwide action and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime, he said. "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".
Top national security officials made a rare appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday to warn that Russian Federation continues to target US elections and to outline what is being done to combat the interference. First, we know this because the USA intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election in order to help Trump win.
The White House wants you to know it's taking threats to United States elections seriously.
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"What we see is the Russians are looking for every opportunity, regardless of party, regardless of whether or not it applies to the election, to continue their pervasive efforts to undermine our fundamental values", Coats said Thursday.
Nielsen said that "our adversaries have shown they have the willingness and capability to interfere in our elections", and "DHS has and continues to work closely with state and local election officials throughout the country by offering a range of services to help identify weaknesses in their election systems".
"Our democracy is in the crosshairs", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "And we look forward to that happening".
"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", Mr Trump said after talks with Mr Putin in Finland on July 16.
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"And let me tell you: If I did go up and start screaming they would have said: "he was terrible", "he was so rude", "it was horrible", 'his performance was frightful, '" Trump said, arguing that in deed, not word, he was much harder on Russian Federation than any of his predecessors. Then later that week, Coats said he wished Trump had made a "different statement" standing next to Putin.
He not only confirmed that Russia continues in attempts to meddle in US elections, but also that this includes Russian individuals, the Kremlin, "and even add to that".
"The president's not obstructing, he's fighting back", said Sanders, dismissing the idea Trump's tweets could be tantamount to obstruction of justice. In addition, they have encountered cyber attacks against voting infrastructure and computer intrusions targeting elected officials.
Wray also provided a fresh look at how Russian Federation and other countries go after the United States' integrity, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation has uncovered foreign influence operations that include "targeting US officials and other USA persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft, criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing, cyber attacks against voting infrastructure along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others", as well as "both overtly and covertly manipulating news stories, spreading disinformation, leveraging economic resources and escalating divisive issues". "I won't discuss the specifics, except to state that our forces are well-trained, ready and very capable", he said.
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