A federal special counsel is leading a criminal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, and any possible cooperation with Mr Trump's presidential campaign.
"This includes measures to heighten the security and resilience of election systems and processes, to confront Russian and other foreign malign influence in the United States, to confront such aggression through worldwide action, and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime". "This includes measures to heighten the security and resilience of election systems and processes, to confront Russian and other foreign malign influence in the United States, to confront such aggression through global action, and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime".
"We have not seen that kind of robust campaign from them so far", Coats said in a briefing at the White House on Thursday. "We know there are others who have the capability and may be considering influence activities".
Russian efforts to interfere in upcoming US midterm elections have yet to reach the intensity of the Kremlin's campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential vote, but they're only "a keyboard click away" from a more serious attack, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.
"This is a threat that we need to take extremely seriously".
Coats passed the baton to Bolton, who said Trump and Putin discussed Russia's election interference. "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and it has become clear that they are the target of our adversaries, who seek.to sow discord and undermine our way of life".
"What we are seeing are the malign influence operations", Wray said.
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FBI Director Wray said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has instituted a new foreign influence task force created to identify and counteract the "full range of malign foreign influence operations", targeting United States democratic institutions and values. "I said, whatever happened to diplomacy?" Why didn't the government tell me he was under investigation.
"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, adding that Trump wants the probe to "come to an end".
President Donald Trump is firmly standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, even though his tweets and fawning performance at a joint news conference create the opposite impression, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said Thursday. "So we're talking counter-intelligence, cyber, criminal and even counter-terrorism, created to root out and respond to foreign influence operations", he said.
Potential coordination between Russian government agents and the Trump campaign is still a matter of investigation by Mueller's team, which is also investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
"I've said all along I see no evidence of collusion".
USA officials say the illegal activity includes criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing, cyber attacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others.
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It followed a surprise press conference at which he stunned observers and called for voters to reject ZANU-PF, his former party. More 58 constituencies are yet to be declared, but ZANU-PF only needs 140 seats to the garner the 2/3 majority in Parliament.
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Call on 's political leaders to take responsibility for ensuring calm and restraint at this critical moment. The ruling Zanu-PF party has won a majority of seats in parliament, the electoral commission said.