Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Intelligence chief Dan Coats: Russia meddled in 2016 election

Intelligence chief Dan Coats: Russia meddled in 2016 election

Asked if he trusted US intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, Trump said he had been told by his CIA chief that Russian Federation was to blame, but he was not certain.

Trump's statements "amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a United States president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary", CNN says. His comment came - amid rising rebuke by his own party - about 27 hours after his original, widely reported statement, which he made at a Monday summit in Helsinki standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin.

Trump maintained Tuesday's summit with Putin went "even better" than his meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Rubio said he "can guarantee" meddling will happen in future US elections, though it could take different forms beyond stealing internal emails and documents.

"There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy", Ryan said in a statement. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", he said.

He also said FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former FBI director James Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe, all targets of Republican fire over the Russian Federation investigation, were "bad people, and they're being exposed for what they are".

On Friday, a U.S. special counsel unveiled indictments of 12 Russian spies on charges of hacking Democratic Party computers as part of election meddling, the second set of charges against Russians in a probe that Trump calls a political witch hunt.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper calls Trump’s summit performance ‘disgraceful’
Coats was joined by many former intelligence officials who went much further in slamming Trump's performance in Helsinki. Asked today about Russia's actions, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation ".

But minority Democrats have few tools to push their priorities.

During Monday's news conference, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation who interfered in the election.

If the bill passes, the White House must also provide Congress with a plan to prevent foreign interference in USA elections from China, Iran and North Korea, three countries identified by the Director of National Intelligence as potential cyber threats in future US elections.

"The rest of the government understands completely, to a man and a woman practically, that Russian Federation is the Number One threat, and can see with their own eyes Trump's unwillingness to comprehend that fact", said Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama administration official who is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

He also complained that coverage of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit was inaccurate, insisting that he had not been "insulting" toward US allies.

"What happened to Hillary Clinton's emails?" he said, adding that Mr Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". And they want to tell us that they are the guardians of freedom and democracy.

The unverified allegations that Trump engaged in a sexual encounter with prostitutes during that trip have not entirely escaped Putin's notice, however.

"This is shameful." Fox News's Guy Benson called this one of Trump's "worst days as president".

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