"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.
Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request
"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff". Every few months, reports re-emerge about Kelly's dissatisfaction with his job and potential resignation.
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.
Meghan Markle's father and half-sister spark backlash online
The source told the Mail Online: "She's amazed by what's happened but is taking what he says with a grain of salt". She had to give up the acting gig where she made her name; the blog she started (known as the Tig) had to go to.
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".
Cat and chicken found huddled together, seeking shelter from Carr Fire
Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires. The Carr Fire has burned through almost 113,000 acres and is now considered 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.