Central Intelligence Agency boss: 'I have every expectation' Russian Federation will meddle in 2018 midterms

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31 January, 2018

"Based on your results, you're not where you need to be for us to be reassured that you're securing our democracy", Sen.

Russian Federation is accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations, which Moscow denies, and if there was any collusion involving US President Donald Trump's associates.

Pompeo stood by the report, even as Trump has said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin denials of such an effort.

Citing examples of efforts at stealing USA information, Mike Pompeo said the scale of the two economies must be kept in mind in all considerations.

"However, he said he was confident that America would be able to have a free and fair election and would "push back" so that the "impact they have on our election won't be great".

Asked whether he's concerned Russian Federation will target the November midterms, Mr. Pompeo replied: "Of course".

Pompeo said in an interview with the BBC on Monday that Russian Federation will likely target the 2018 midterm elections similar to the way it did during the 2016 presidential elections. "The Russians have been at this for a long time, and I fully expect they'll continue to be at it".

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Those remarks echo what Pompeo said in October when he indicated that outside interference remains a threat to the midterm elections and the next presidential election, in 2020. We see it in our hospitals and medical systems.

He then brought up the efforts put to get hold of U.S. commercial information and access to hospitals and schools, efforts which reached the United Kingdom and Europe.

"Russian intelligence agencies [were] guiding their Twitter bots to start talking about releasing a memo that they know would hurt the United States' Intel community", said Murphy.

"We talk about him having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States in a matter of a handful of months". Pompeo also accused Beijing of influencing American companies seeking access to its market, the BBC report said on Tuesday.

He also said North Korea may have the ability to strike the USA with nuclear missiles "in a handful of months".

"It's absurd, the claim that the president isn't engaged and doesn't have a grasp on these important issues is unsafe and false", Pompeo said.

"We deliver almost every day personally to the President the most exquisite truth that we know from the Central Intelligence Agency", he added. "Whatever the facts may be we deliver them unvarnished as accurately and as forcefully as we can".


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