United States officials warn Congress on 2018 election hacking threats

UNITED STATES- MAY 22 Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Rep. Michael McCaul R-Texas chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee off camera address the media after briefing on election security with House members in the Capitol

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Nielsen then insisted the Russian Federation tried to affect public opinion on both sides.

In the months before the election, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also was investigating the Clinton Foundation for its fundraising practices and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's and some of her associates' use of a private email server while she was Obama's Secretary of State.

Clapper continued to address the recent barrage of both tweets and oral attacks from the President and his allies by reiterating that his work as director of national intelligence related to Trump and his campaign was about trying to determine what the Russians were doing to interfere with American elections. "No, there are not tanks in the streets, but what's happening right now goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, and I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election but as an American afraid of losing a country".

Nielsen maintains however that Russian Federation did and will continue to try to manipulate Americans' perspective "on a variety of issues". "All three agencies agree with this judgment", the report's conclusion found.

Clapper made headlines when he said in his book that the Russians absolutely effected the outcome of the election, a claim that us intelligence agencies have declined to support directly. "So, today, as a person, I'm OK", she said.

Nielsen's lack of seriousness about Russian meddling reflects the Trump administration's disposition more broadly. Mark Warner (D-Va.) the ranking member of the committee, on Tuesday urged Nielsen to read the 2017 report.

Trump has not sent a clear message on election interference.

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The fact that a leading Cabinet official like Nielsen can't speak authoritatively about even the basics of the intelligence community suggests that something is up - and that it's definitely not Russian interference's spot on the administration's priority list.

"The intelligence assessment language is nuanced for a reason".

"Importantly, they targeted both major political parties". "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

The committee also issued a detailed report on Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 campaign.

She made the remarks in response to a reporter's question after holding a classified meeting on 2018 election security with members of the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to answer questions about whether he agreed with the 2017 intelligence community assessment.

"The president's behavior is the kind of grossly autocratic behavior we'd expect in a banana republic, not a mature democracy", Schumer added.

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