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U.S. says Russian Federation still carrying out 'pervasive' election meddling

U.S. says Russian Federation still carrying out 'pervasive' election meddling

People inside the White House said the burst of tweets reflected the anger Trump has aired privately for months, including about Sessions.

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 ..."

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Bolton's letter did not address Democrats' concerns that the Trump administration was not fully implementing US sanctions on Russian Federation levied in response to the 2016 meddling.

Other heavy hitters on hand decrying Russian interference included Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI chief Christopher Wray, national security adviser John Bolton and National Security Agency director Gen. Paul Nakasone.

"Our letter to Ambassador Bolton urged him and the Trump administration to fully implement the sanctions on Russia that Congress already passed, extradite the 12 Russian government officials indicted by Special Counsel Mueller, and commit to protecting diplomats and other USA personnel - both past and present", a Thursday statement from the senators read.

"Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs", declared Nielsen of the DHS, adding that the department has seen "willingness and capability on part of the Russians" to meddle, but not specifying if any meddling has actually taken place.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference".

The White House wants you to know it's taking threats to United States elections seriously.

First, we know this because the USA intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election in order to help Trump win.

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Bolton said Trump is "leading unprecedented action to punish Russia" for its efforts to disrupt American elections.

The intelligence officials at the White House raised the alarm about election interference without directly undermining the president.

"Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy and it has become clear that they have become the target of our adversaries".

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".

Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration's response as fragmented, without enough coordination across federal agencies.

"Our democracy is in the crosshairs", Ms Nielsen said, adding that the cyberthreat now exceeded the danger of a physical attack against the USA by a hostile foreign group.

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.

He added, the current cyber threat is not just an issue during an election cycle, but an ongoing effort to undermine the American people.

Trump also lamented the supposed poor treatment of Manafort, who was placed in solitary confinement, "although convicted of nothing", implying that he's being treated worse than Al Capone.