U.S. Intelligence experts are warning government officials about the Russian government again. This time, security chiefs believe the danger may lie in the next mid-term elections – when they expect Russia to once again interfere with the vote.
• The frightening information came out during a Senate Intelligence Committee just this week. Officials from the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency gathered to discuss the state of American security.
• Senators questioned NSA Director Mike Rogers on what direction, if any, the current POTUS gave with regard to stopping the interference. “I can’t say I’ve been specifically directed to blunt or actually stop,” he replied.
• CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after being asked the same question, also responded, but seemed to dodge the question. His simple reply said only that Trump had directed the CIA to “address threats.”
• FBI Director Christopher Wray also indicated that, he, too, had not been advised to take any specific action, as did National Director Dan Coats. “We essentially are relying on the investigations that are underway.”
• All four high-ranking officials agreed with the fact that Russia likely would interfere if given the chance.
• Coats spoke out to the public specifically. “We need to inform the American public that this is real. We are not going to allow some Russian to tell us how we’re going to vote. There needs to be a national cry for that.”
• Senator Angus King, who is technically an independent but often sides with Democrats, also spoke out against the inaction. “We cannot confront this threat, which [requires] whole of government response, when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists.”
• Richard Burr (R-N.C.) closed the meeting by suggesting that the situation continued to demand attention. “We will continue to work toward conclusions related to any cooperation or collusion by any individual, campaign, or company to influence the election or create societal chaos in the United States.”