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Pompeo and Coats were joined by Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers as they debriefed lawmakers about threats against the U.S.

"Persistent and disruptive cyberoperations will continue against the United States and our European allies using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy", Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, who serves as head of the 17-member US intelligence community, told lawmakers.

In same line, Coats warned: "We hope that Russian Federation will continue to use propaganda, false people, simpat├ęticos spokesmen and or means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in U.S.".

- Top U.S. national security officials said on Tuesday they had "no doubt" Russian Federation will try to interfere in the 2018 mid-term elections, adding Moscow believes it succeeded in its effort to undermine U.S. democracy by meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump is facing sharp criticism for failing to act decisively to head off potential attempts by Russian Federation to interfere in the upcoming USA midterm elections.

"Everyone was silent", Coats said.

Their assessment stands in contrast to President Trump, who has repeatedly voiced skepticism of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

With the US primary election season set to kick off next month, lawmakers expressed frustration that Congress has yet to pass legislation to safeguard the integrity of the USA election system. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Bogus gay and gun rights organizations, and even a phony dog lovers group, all went to war online - with social media posts often amplified by Russian cyberbots. "We intend to have an open hearing on election security, and it's the committee's intent to make recommendations that will enhance the likelihood that the security of our election processes are in place".

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His expectation: Russian interference in the midterm or in state elections.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said America must redouble its efforts in this area.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates testified publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday and cautioned that the United States is under attack. He said the Russian's had been "attempting" to meddle in the country's affairs, using cheap, ineffective techniques and that the American people were ready to handle those "attempts" to manipulate them.

A visibly frustrated Reed responded: "The simple question I've posed is, has the president directed the intelligence community in a coordinated effort, not merely to report but to actively stop this activity, and the answer seems to be that. the reporting is going on, as reporting [goes on] about every threat going into the United States". "My problem is I talk to people in Maine that say, 'The whole thing is a witch-hunt and hoax because the president told me'".

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, added that he agreed with the assessment about the "2018 occurrence".

Apart from Pakistan, the "World Wide Threat Assessment" report specified the concerned threats in different areas of the world, marking North Korea as one of the most "volatile" threats to the USA in the next year.

Coats said the USA national debt of more than $20 trillion is "unsustainable", and poses a risk "to our economic and national security".

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