Russian Federation plans to interfere in the 2018 midterms as part of its larger effort to ramp up cyber operations against the US and its allies, USA intelligence agencies said Tuesday.
His assessment was echoed by all five other intelligence agency heads present at the hearing, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who two weeks ago stated publicly he had "every expectation" that Russian Federation will try to influence the coming elections.
The U.S. government's top intelligence official said on Tuesday he expects Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, false personas and other tactics to undermine the upcoming elections.
Tuesday, Coats and the officials each affirmed a 2016 assessment of the entire intelligence community that concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the election and has not relented in a strategy to undermine elections.
Recall that President Donald Trump famously denies that Russian Federation tried to interfere, even though American intelligence agencies unanimously believe Moscow wanted Trump to win and worked hard to ensure he did.
The hearing featured testimony from Coats and other President Trump appointees - including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director Chris Wray - on worldwide threats. "We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election", the report reads. Coats said he was concerned by a "fractious" partisan environment on Capitol Hill that "is threatening our ability to properly defend our nation".
Despite President Trump's denials, all top intelligence officials agree that Moscow was behind cyberattacks in 2016 that were meant to influence the presidential election.
With the US primary election season set to kick off next month, lawmakers expressed frustration that Congress has yet to pass legislation to safeguard the integrity of the USA election system. His assessment was supported by the other intelligence leaders at the hearing.
Summary: US intelligence officials said that Russian Federation plans to meddle with the upcoming midterm elections. Rogers said he thought information was being shared on events as they occurred, but suggested the door swung both ways and the government needed more info from the private sector.
Nine months after a new election in United States, intelligence services warned on Tuesday that threat of Russian interference has grown.
"Against our adversaries who seek to sew division in the United States and weaken US leadership, and non-state actors, including terrorists and criminal groups, are exploiting weak state capacity in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, causing instability and violence both within states and among states", he said.
America's Intelligence chief Dan Coats has claimed that Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons that might pose more danger in the region.
"I am sick and exhausted of going to these hearings which I have been going to for five years where everybody talks about cyber attacks, and our country still does not have a policy or a doctrine or a strategy for dealing with them", King said.
Coats said the US national debt of more than $20 trillion is "unsustainable", and poses a risk "to our economic and national security".