Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Russian Federation trying to hack U.S. elections confirms Trump administration in SHOCK outburst

Russian Federation trying to hack U.S. elections confirms Trump administration in SHOCK outburst

"The President has specifically directed us to make the matter of election meddling and securing our election process a top priority", Coats said.

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, adding that Trump wants the probe to "come to an end".

Asked this week how confident he was in the integrity of election systems ahead of the fall midterms, the No. 2 Republican, Sen.

Russian Federation is behind a "pervasive messaging campaign" to undermine the November congressional elections and the 2020 presidential election, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday, vowing the Trump administration will "continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".

National Security Adviser John Bolton, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and the commander of the US Cyber Command, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, attend a briefing at the White House on Thursday.

The officials stressed that the administration is taking steps to actively confront cybersecurity threats, including attempts to influence elections through social media. "We also know the Russians try to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike".

"We're throwing everything at it", Coats said.

"It is pervasive, it is ongoing, with the intent to ... drive a wedge and undermine our democratic values."

But the top officials facing the press Thursday assured the country that the President is working hard to fight Russian influence, at least behind the scenes.

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President Trump called on his attorney general to end the Russian Federation probe being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller immediately.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States".

He said: "My guidance and the direction from the President and Secretary of Defence is very clear: We're not going to accept meddling in elections".

The relationship between Sessions and the president has been strained for more than a year, since the attorney general recused himself from investigations relating to the 2016 election because of Sessions' role on the Trump campaign. Trump was heavily criticized for not chastising Russian Federation for the interference at a news conference with Putin.

During the rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday, Trump did not mention allegations of interference or attacks on the United States democratic process.

The illegal activity included criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing, cyber attacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others, USA officials said.

"Fire Mueller and we fire you", countered House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. He established a task force to "root out" the influence operations trying to suppress voting, manipulating news stories and spread misinformation.

A special task force set up by the FBI has sent people to all 56 FBI field offices across the country and now has "open investigations with a foreign influence nexus spanning".

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