DNI Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Tuesday he had not seen evidence of "robust effort" by Russian Federation to meddle in the 2018 U.S. election, but it is "highly likely" Moscow will try to do so.
Asked then if he has heard anything from White House on directly responding to Russian election interference, Coats said, "there obviously is concern about this ongoing effort of Russians to interfere with our elections".
"The White House is actively engaged", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a U.S. Senate hearing. Trump has denied collusion between his associates and Russian Federation.
"From U.S. businesses to the federal government to state and local governments, we are under cyber attack", said Coats.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to boost then-Republican candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Now, Kushner sees information only at the lower "secret" level, but not highly classified information, Dan Coats said. The finding has shadowed Trump's first 14 months in the White House amid multiple congressional investigations and a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump's nominee to lead the National Security Agency, Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, told Senate Armed Services he did not think Russian Federation expected much of a US response to cyber attacks. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to clarify the instructions the president gave him to "do it", Coats said his comments were made in the context of the cyber-issue, not Russian election meddling. "Persistent and disruptive cyber and influence operations will continue against the United States and European countries and other allies".
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Kim Jong Un-led nation is ready to hold "heart-to-heart" discussions with the USA regarding denuclearization.
"At a minimum, we expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States", his testimony states.
"State and non-state actors, including the Syrian regime and ISIS possess, and in some cases, have used chemical weapons in Syrian and Iraq and we continue to be concerned about other actors' pursuit of biological weapons", said Coats.