White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

HELSINKI FINLAND- JULY 16 U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive to waiting media during a joint press conference after their summit

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"Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to engage in maligned influence operations to this day", the top G-man said.

Coats: "In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States ..."

Mr Trump's security team, including intelligence director Dan Coats and national security adviser John Bolton, appeared in the White House briefing room to stress that a major effort was underway to protect the integrity of congressional elections in November and the 2020 presidential election.

But Nielsen said US agencies have "seen a willingness and a capability on the part of the Russians" to attack USA election infrastructure.

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.

That's why Trump's tweets and news conference performance are "so frustrating to me because it clouded that reality, and fell into this image that he prefers a strongman like Vladimir Putin, who we know is a KGB thug", he said.

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Trump has taken "decisive actions to heighten the security" of our election systems, Bolton said.

This as the White House works hard to impress upon the press distinction between the Russian Federation election tamper probe and the Manafort trial. All 50 states have partnered with the DHS to bolster nations' election infrastructure, Nielsen explained. "We implore the administration to take this very real and imminent threat to our elections and our democracy more seriously", the letter said.

"It would be far better if the President refrained from commenting and for Mr. Mueller to continue his investigation, which so far already has 30 indictments, including Russian nationalists", she said on Capitol Hill.

Coats clarified the position of the President, Vice President, himself, and the other four Trump intelligence and national security officials behind the podium with him: that the "ICA was a correct assessment of what happened in 2016".

Democrats and Republicans have lobbed criticisms at the Trump administration over their response to election interference.

"The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated", said Democratic congressman Adam Schiff.

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Mr Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in his favour.

"The president has said other people also may have been involved in the efforts to interfere with the 2016 election", Karl said.

"In some cases they will work together and in some cases they won't", Stewart said during a forum on national security hosted by the Sutherland Institute at the Utah Army National Guard North Salt Lake Readiness Center.

The president also is pushing for a voter ID law.

"To suggest that the Russians interfered to break down our democracy without wanting to pick winners and losers is false".

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