Russian Federation still targeting United States political system, spies say

Russian Federation still targeting United States political system, spies say

Russian Federation still targeting United States political system, spies say

"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts" to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign "as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations", said Coats, the leader of the US government's 17 intelligence agencies.

On Tuesday morning, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director Christopher Wray once again testified before Congress that they stand by the us intel assessment from January 2017, which concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the election in a deliberate attempt to undermine American democracy and elect Trump.

Coats said the USA national debt of more than $20 trillion is "unsustainable", and poses a risk "to our economic and national security".

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

Russian Federation is likely to increase its attempts to influence the American electoral process after it worked to influence the 2016 presidential election, USA intelligence agencies said Tuesday.

USA spy agencies said previous 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.

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"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.

Democrats expressed concern that President Donald Trump's anger over the investigation into whether his campaign concluded with the Russians in 2016 will undercut the government's ability to respond forcefully to continued Russian interference. Bot armies promoted partisan causes on social media, including the recent push to release a Republican congressional memo critical of law enforcement officials.The bots have also sought to portray the F.B.I. and Justice Department as infected by partisan bias, said Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee.

Coats told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite Washington's requests to do more, the Pakistan military is only trying to appear tougher against the Taliban and Haqqani militants.

King contrasted that with the frequent denials and equivocations about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by President Trump and the White House, which King said have led to a major disparity in belief around the country. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to press officials on whether Trump has directed them to take "specific actions to confront and to blunt" Russian interference activities.

"The failure to address our long-term fiscal situation has increased the national debt to over 20 trillion (dollars) and growing", Coats said. "The Russians have a strategy that goes well beyond what is happening in the United States".

As for the Intelligence committee's own investigation into Russia's 2016 activities, committee chairman Richard Burr, R. -N.C. said he hopes to wrap up before the next round of elections begins.

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