Dan Coats’s subtle-yet-stunning admission about Trump’s meeting with Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Atlanta from Joint Base Andrews

"Our democracy is in the crosshairs", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference".

"We have not seen that kind of robust campaign from them so far", Coats said in a briefing at the White House.

Dan Coats, director of national intelligence - America's most senior intelligence official - said that Mr Trump had "specifically" tasked agencies to make stopping election meddling a "top priority".

Trump has taken "decisive actions to heighten the security" of our election systems, Bolton said.

Putin has repeatedly rejected the USA allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump was criticized for "disgraceful" and "treasonous" remarks after he declined to condemn Russia's actions during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month.

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland responded to Bolton's letter with a letter of their own. "We know there are others who have the capability and may be considering influence activities". "We discussed everything. We got along really well".

Norm Eisen, chief White House ethics officer under President Barack Obama warned the "ax could fall on the Mueller investigation at any time".

Democrats and Republicans have lobbed criticisms at the Trump administration over their response to election interference.

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What was striking is that he asked Jeff Sessions to do it, even though the attorney general recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation last year-a move that continues to anger the president. But there are still unanswered questions.

Coats also noted that Russian Federation was not the only country working to undermine American elections. The meeting was 17 days ago.

"I'm not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki", Coats said matter-of-factly.

He not only confirmed that Russia continues in attempts to meddle in USA elections, but also that this includes Russian individuals, the Kremlin, "and even add to that".

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said unequivocally that hackers, under the direction of Putin, were attempting to sow discord among Americans.

Both Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping want to weaken the USA, and Xi has a plan to make his country the "not a peer to the United States but the single dominant power in the world" by 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party in China, the Utah Republican said.

ABC's Jonathan Karl repeatedly pressed Sanders on election security. He assured, "We are looking at that also". "Has there been any evidence from the intelligence community that there were others besides Russian Federation that were involved in election meddling?"

Stewart added, "Who is the president who said we are going to back up our allies in the Ukraine when the previous administration" would not sell it weapons. And while Mueller did not bring any election-related charges against Manafort, the specter of the Russian investigation is hanging over the Alexandria, Virginia, courthouse.

Gingrich said he believed Mueller to be a "very respectable guy" but his opinion has changed after seeing who Mueller hired for his team and the subsequent revelations about the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey and top agent Peter Strzok.

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