Foreign Influence Investigations Spanning U.S. to Confront Election Threat

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Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee who has criticized Trump for not taking a stronger leadership role on election security, said he was heartened by the White House news conference.

"We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".

Stewart said he expects more Russian attempts to interfere with USA elections, saying that weakening trust in the United States here and overseas is part of Putin's strategy to expand Russian influence.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and the commander of the US Cyber Command, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, attend a briefing at the White House on Thursday.

"We're throwing everything at it", Coats said. He gave no details. "We also know the Russians tried to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike".

Russian Federation is not the only country that has an interest in trying to influence American domestic political environment, a top United States spymaster has said, while asserting the Trump Administration was taking concrete steps to prevent such efforts, both for the mid-term elections in November and for the 2020 presidential polls.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to hold a briefing today at around10 AM PT, though she's usually fashionably late.

"President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government", the letter read.

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"We implore the administration to take this very real and imminent threat to our elections and our democracy more seriously", said a statement from Schumer and other Democratic leaders. And while Mueller did not bring any election-related charges against Manafort, the specter of the Russian investigation is hanging over the Alexandria, Virginia, courthouse.

When it comes to electronic voting machines, DHS' Nielsen said that the focus is on helping states make sure their machines can be audited after elections.

Congress is now considering a sanctions bill created to deter Russian Federation.

Stewart has stuck with that view - that the Russian attacks weren't aimed at helping one candidate - despite the USA intelligence agencies all concluding that the aim was boosting Trump's candidacy.

A senior USA official said the Russian meddling campaign had accelerated and grown more sophisticated since the 2016 election and was not directed at boosting one political party over another.

Wray said his agency is working with social media companies as part of their effort.

The comments come just weeks after President Donald Trump met in private with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and then undermined the assessment of his intelligence chiefs, saying he believed Putin when he told him "it's not Russia" behind the efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign aided or abetted an attempt by Russian Federation to sway the 2016 presidential election, or tried to cover up the conspiracy.

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