Trump officials sound alarm on Russian interference, vow to fight back: democracy is ‘in the crosshairs’

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Top officials speak about the Russian election meddling

The heads of the various national security and intelligence services, from voice, from the White house about the Russian elections and wants to interfere. You detailed some of the efforts to combat it, including the exchange of classified information with social media leaders and tech companies, so that you can monitor your platforms.

Top Trump government officials warned on Thursday that Russia poses a sustained threat to the American elections with his influence operations: “democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

Top national security and intelligence officials, has raised the alarm, while a high-Power White House press briefing, raising the concern about foreign operations, the exams are a threat for the 2018 medium-and also the 2020 election.

“We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and to said parts of the United States,” Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats.

The briefing the administration showed the renewal of their public commitment to combat the Russian threat, only a few weeks after President Trump’s face, the width and cross-party criticism first of all, accept appear that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rejection of interference in their summit in Helsinki.

But the National security adviser, John Bolton, in a new letter to the senators, said Trump has been a “huge, government-wide effort” for the protection of the US electoral integrity.

“A single attack can be widespread and cascading consequences. … Not only a danger for prosperity, protection of privacy, and infrastructure,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

Coats said the threat is “real” and “training” and “we throw everything.”

“Our focus today is easy to tell the American people we recognize the threat,” coats said. “It is real. It is more. And we will do everything we can, to a legitimate election.”

During the upcoming mid-term elections are certainly not stressed a target for Russia and other Nations with influence functions, FBI Director, Christopher Wray, that “this is just an election-cycle threat.”

“Our opponents are to our country is Hiking, whether on the election or not,” said Wray, noting that the intelligence community has concluded, with the top social media and technology companies classified briefings so that they can be better monitored, and their platforms. “It takes all of us together—this threat is not going away.”

Wray added: “As I have said, consistently, Russia is trying to influence the election campaign and continue to engage and influence operations to … and this needs to be taken very seriously.”

Coats said that the current Russian efforts as “robust” as in the case of the election of the 2016 cycle, but that Moscow has taken “numerous” other strategies to influence public opinion through the media, social media, bots and proxies — “with the intention of … a wedge, and undermine our democratic values.”

Earlier this week, Facebook revealed the “sophisticated” efforts, and possibly of American politics associated with Russia, influence in the run-up to the midterm elections. The social media giant said in a blog post that it is fake far 32 accounts of Facebook and Instagram, because they participate in the “coordinated” political behavior and seemed to.

Facebook has not said the effort was explicitly directed at the midterm elections, but said the timing could be a sign of a try.

Other methods of cyber-have been revealed to influence, which surfaced last week, a report that Russian hackers supposedly used to selectively staff of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., with a sophisticated password-theft System. The hack was apparently not successful, but an example of Russian intervention practices.

Other U.S. officials and legislators, foreign actors were directed. Coats told reporters on Wednesday that the intelligence of the community to be processed, the type of the information through the house or Senate leadership and the dissemination of results up to the individual legislatures. Coats, though, said he could not release, no other name.

“The Russians are looking for any opportunity, regardless of party, whether he be the said for the choice, still omnipresent efforts to undermine our fundamental values” and coats.

And last month, Maria Butina, a Russian citizen accused of working as an undercover spy while in the United States on a student visa, was arrested. Butina is accused of trying to infiltrate several organizations in the United States in the direction of an unnamed senior Kremlin officials. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges but remains in prison, as prosecutors argued, they could risk a flight.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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