USA intelligence officials including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, national security adviser John Bolton, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone appeared together during the White House press briefing where they said they were working with state and local election officials to protect voting systems from threats by Russian Federation and other foreign actors.
Director Coats said Russian Federation has employed several means to exert influence in the USA: media, social media, bots, "actors that they hire through proxies", "and potentially more".
After painting a scary picture of Russian Federation conducting a "pervasive messaging campaign... to try to weaken and divide the USA", and "undermine our democratic values", Coats acknowledged that it's "not the kind of robust campaign that we assessed in the 2016 election".
Homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen said: "Our democracy is in the crosshairs".
"The president has said other people also may have been involved in the efforts to interfere with the 2016 election", Karl said.
On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats suggested he was never briefed on what President Donald Trump said Vladimir Putin during their private meeting at the Helsinki summit.
"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference", Warner tweeted.
"You are admired by everybody in this country even if they are not believers majority admire what you are doing, but maybe we'll make them believers", Trump said. They definitely don't want Trump!' the president tweeted last week. We haven't seen that robust effort from them so far, ' Coats said.
He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working closely with social media companies ahead of the mid-term elections.
Trump threw in a little Alan Dershowitz, paraphrasing the lawyer/TV news talking head saying FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who participated in the Mueller probe until Mueller yanked him, should have recused himself on day one, and claiming Mueller will "protect these guys" because he has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation.
Wray declined to talk about specific investigations but said the FBI is working with social media companies "in a way that wasn't happening before" and 'they are sharing information back with us'.
He wrote: "We have already have a smoking gun about a campaign getting dirt on their opponent, it was Hillary Clinton".
Scott continued, comparing Trump's efforts with former President Barack Obama, the first African-American president elected to the White House.
"Who is the president who said we are going to drive down the cost of energy and make the United States the most efficient oil exporter in the world...?"
He also appeared to deny Russia's involvement in the 2016 USA elections at the Helsinki summit, which drew sharp criticism from commentators across the US.
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