Senate Intelligence Committee Targets China, N. Korea as National Security Threats

Senate Intelligence Committee Targets China, N. Korea as National Security Threats

King referred to the opening statement from Director of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, calling his assessment of the 2016 Kremlin disinformation operation during the US election "stunning".

Pompeo told Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the reporting was "atrocious and totally inaccurate". "This is not going to change or stop", Rogers said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned against nuclear proliferation and the growing threats posed by North Korea, while FBI Director Chris Wray stressed ongoing disinformation campaigns orchestrated by the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied this and Trump has said he believes him.

Democrats pressed the administration witnesses on Tuesday about why the Trump administration hadn't done more to punish Russian Federation or deter this kind of interference - why, for example, hadn't Trump followed up signing last year's sanctions bill with stronger restrictions now?

"This is pervasive", Coats said.

That passivity contrasted with the intelligence chiefs' unanimous and unqualified warnings about Russian intentions in the midterms.

Three of the nation's top intelligence officials told senators Tuesday that they've already seen Russian activity aimed at meddling in the upcoming midterm elections and combating these and future efforts is a top priority of the Trump administration.

The nation's top spy just said Russian Federation will try to influence, and potentially undermine, the 2018 midterms.

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He said Pakistan's perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, nearly certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive Islamabad's pursuit of actions that run counter to United States goals for the region. "The doomsday machine in Dr. Strangelove didn't work because the Russians hadn't told us about it". "I think there needs to be a national cry for that". Angus King of ME argued that there was not a clear "doctrine" that dictates what the USA response and consequences are when bad actors infiltrate the nation's cybersecurity posture. "We can not confront this threat - which is a serious threat - with a whole-of-government response when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists".

Coats' prepared testimony to the Senate select committee on intelligence portrayed Pakistan as a bleakly obstinate country that continues to host and shelter terrorists.

Sometimes Trump and the White House accept the dangers the intelligence community says are facing American elections.

"We had grave concerns about that memo's release", he said. The FBI director said he refuses to discuss investigations into the Trump campaign's suspected collusion with Russian Federation with Trump.

However, both Coats and Central Intelligence Agency leaders, Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA stressed on Tuesday that y keep ir conclusion about Russian responsibility in electoral interference and warned that y have not perceived any "significant change" on ambitions of Moscow.

"I encourage our folks not to get too hung up on what I consider to be the noise on TV and social media", Wray said.

Wray seemed to derail a line of questioning by Sen.

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