Politics U.S. intel agencies expect Russia to escalate election meddling efforts

17:09  13 february  2018
17:09  13 february  2018 Source:   NBC News

George W. Bush: 'Clear evidence Russians meddled' in election

  George W. Bush: 'Clear evidence Russians meddled' in election The former president made the comments in a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. He was appearing there as part of a conference put on by the Milken Institute, a think tank based in Santa Monica, California.While Bush did not directly name Trump, his comments did appear to target him. Trump has consistently disputed allegations of Russian interference in the election or that members of his campaign team in any way "colluded" with Moscow. "Whether (Russia) affected the outcome is another question," Bush added."It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system.

I believe that he feels that he and Russia didn't meddle in the election . As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies , especially as currently constituted with their leadership. I believe in our intel agencies , our intelligence agencies .

I believe in our intel agencies . I've worked with them very strongly." The comment was made shortly after If the Republicans lose the majority in the House too, expect no delays for an impeachment "I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election . As to whether or not I believe

Image: The U.S. Capitol dome at sunrise after an early morning House vote to halt the government shutdown in Washington, DC, Feb. 9, 2018.U.S. elections are in Moscow's crosshairs, according to a new intel report. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: The U.S. Capitol dome at sunrise after an early morning House vote to halt the government shutdown in Washington, DC, Feb. 9, 2018.U.S. elections are in Moscow's crosshairs, according to a new intel report.

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies expect Russia to ramp up its efforts to meddle in the U.S. political system through hacking and social media manipulation, according to the worldwide threat assessment released Tuesday morning.

"Foreign elections are critical inflection points that offer opportunities for Russia to advance its interests both overtly and covertly," says the assessment. "The 2018 US mid-term elections are a potential target for Russian influence operations."

Trump still unconvinced of 2016 Russian election meddling

  Trump still unconvinced of 2016 Russian election meddling President Donald Trump still isn't buying that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Even as his intelligence chiefs unanimously told a Senate panel Tuesday that Russia meddled in 2016 and is planning to do so again in 2018, three sources familiar with the President's thinking say he remains unconvinced that Russia interfered in the presidential election.While this issue is separate from the question of whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russian officials, to Trump the issues are interwoven, the sources say.

Trump briefed on intel report blaming Putin for election meddling . U . S . intelligence agencies briefed President- elect Donald Trump on a new report on The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is holding the first public hearing on Russia ’s efforts to influence the election .

Assange’s group released Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign that U . S . intelligence agencies say were hacked by Russia to try to tilt the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The nation's intelligence chiefs are presenting their view of the top threats confronting the nation before the Senate intelligence committee, where they are likely to face tough questioning about whether the Trump administration is responding adequately to the danger from Russia.

U.S. intelligence analysts believe that Russia will conduct "bolder and more disruptive cyber operations during the next year," targeting Ukraine, NATO and the United States, the assessment says.

"We assess that the Russian intelligence services will continue their efforts to disseminate false information via Russian state-controlled media and covert online personas about US activities to encourage anti-US political views," the statement says.

Intel chiefs warn of Russia threat to 2018 midterms

  Intel chiefs warn of Russia threat to 2018 midterms Top U.S. intelligence officials warned a Senate panel on Tuesday that they expect Russia to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections. "There should be no doubt that Russia perceived its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

President previously disregarded US intel chiefs; still says he believes Putin sincere in denying allegations of interference. But Trump says he also believes US intelligence agencies , which have concluded that Russia did meddle in the election .

POTUS' inexplicable refusal to confirm Russian election interference insults career intel pros & hinders our ability to prevent in future. In Poland on Thursday, Trump contradicted U . S . intelligence by claiming that "nobody really knows for sure" if Russia meddled in the election .

"Moscow seeks to create wedges that reduce trust and confidence in democratic processes, degrade democratization efforts, weaken US partnerships with European allies, undermine Western sanctions, encourage anti-US political views, and counter efforts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet states into European institutions."

The assessment says that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom President Trump has repeatedly praised, "is likely to increase his use of repression and intimidation to contend with domestic discontent over corruption, poor social services, and a sluggish economy with structural deficiencies"

It adds that Putin will "continue to manipulate the media, distribute perks to maintain elite support, and elevate younger officials to convey an image of renewal. He is also likely to expand the government's legal basis for repression and to enhance his capacity to intimidate and monitor political threats, perhaps using the threat of 'extremism' or the 2018 World Cup to justify his actions."

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the committee, said in prepared remarks that "the President inconceivably continues to deny the threat posed by Russia. He didn't increase sanctions on Russia when he had a chance to do so. He hasn't even Tweeted a single concern. This threat demands a whole-of-government response, and that needs to start with leadership at the top."

White House Acknowledges 2016 Russia Meddling But Denies Impact .
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged on Tuesday that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections but said the efforts didn’t play a role in President Donald Trump’s victory. “It’s very clear that Russia meddled in the election. It’s also very clear Russia didn’t have an impact on the election,” Sanders said at a briefing today. "And it’s also very clear that the trump campaign didn’t collude with the Russians in any way for this process to take place.

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