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".
Coats: "In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States ..."
"The President has specifically directed us to make the matter of election meddling and securing our election process a top priority", Coats said.
Top U.S. intelligence and Homeland Security officials took questions from the media Thursday as they raised the alarm about potential efforts to influence the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Ms Nielsen said: "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs".
In a letter to Congress, National Security Advisor John Bolton said the administration had taken "extensive, historic action" to stop the threat.
A senior USA official said the Russian meddling campaign had accelerated and grown more sophisticated since the 2016 election and was not directed at boosting one political party over another.
But Nielsen said US agencies have "seen a willingness and a capability on the part of the Russians" to attack USA election infrastructure.
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Trump has voiced skepticism about Russia's role in US election meddling, drawing accusations from Democrats and Republicans alike that he is ignoring a threat to American democracy.
The NSA director said his agency and US Cyber Command were "prepared to conduct operations against those actors attempting to undermine our nation's midterm elections".
Controversy over Trump's stance on Russian election interference has renewed calls for more sanctions on the Putin government.
Senate Democrats criticized Republicans over election security this week after GOPs blocked an amendment offered by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to provide $250 million in election security grants to states.
Mr Coats said: "Our focus here today is simply to tell the American people we acknowledge the threat.
Now we're being hindered by the Russian hoax - it's a hoax, OK?" "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and it has become clear that they are the target of our adversaries, who seek.to sow discord and undermine our way of life".
"The president has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state or other risky actors", Sanders said at the beginning of the briefing.
Then later that week, Coats said he wished Trump had made a "different statement" standing next to Putin.