US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security

US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security

US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security

He gave no details.

Coats pointed the finger of blame at the Kremlin: "Russia has used numerous ways in which they want to influence. through media, social media, through bots, through actors that they hire, through proxies".

USA intelligence services have concluded Russian agents had attempted to influence the election in Trump's favour through a coordinated campaign of fake news and social media bots. He said the Department of Defense was "taking active measures to protect election security including monitoring our adversaries".

He was followed by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray and NSA Director Paul Nakasone.

The national security adviser, a longtime Russian Federation hawk, also defended the president's much-maligned press conference after his tête-à-tête with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, when Trump did not address Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Dowd, who resigned from the president's legal team in late March, has said that Mueller's team made clear they would consider subpoenaing the president if he refused to sit voluntarily for an interview.

Bolton said that in an expanded meeting with top advisers in Finland after the two leaders met privately, Putin said that election meddling was "the first issue" that Trump raised with him. "We implore the administration to take this very real and imminent threat to our elections and our democracy more seriously", the letter said.


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

"The bottom line for election security is to make sure that we have paper ballots and that we have audits after the election to pick up on whether there were any risks" to election results, Wyden told reporters. Aides say they're working to schedule more political rallies, partly to boost Trump's mood and distract him from the headlines about Russian Federation. "Not a single vote was changed, so far as we can tell", he said.

According to United States media, some Trump aides believe that Mr Mueller will report soon on the findings of his 14-month investigation as they relate to the president.

"This is about exploiting the fault lines that exist in our society and building on what was done in 2016, and it isn't confined to the internet - it includes print and television, as well, in some cases using existing platforms that predate the 2016 election", the official said.

As the president works towards reelection, he says he will continue pushing for improvement in urban areas of the country. It stopped short of identifying the source of the misinformation, but members of Congress briefed by Facebook said the methodology suggested Russian involvement.

Trump is "the most pro-black" president I've ever seen Trump renews calls for interview with Mueller: report CNN's Acosta: Hannity is "injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream" MORE and his legal team will likely decide whether to arrange an interview between the president and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE within the next 10 days, according to Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Moscow has denied such interference, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign or any obstruction of justice.

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