The top intelligence officials in the United States told Congress that the United States is under attack. They warned that Russia is intent on disrupting the political process via cyber attacks and other digital disruptive tactics. Director of National Intelligence warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has his eye on attacking the 2018 midterm elections.
They did not admit or insinuate that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia or sought to help President Trump in any way. Although notions to the contrary have been all but debunked that does not mean that Russia is not a threat to the United States.
USA Today reports:
“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that Russia is attempting to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances.”
“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” said Coats who was joined Tuesday by the nation’s other top intelligence officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate panel, which is in the midst of Congress’ most far-reaching inquiry into Russia’s activities, said the country remains vulnerable more than a year later.
“We still don’t have a comprehensive plan,” Warner said, referring to a strategy to guard the nation’s political process from intrusions. “We’re no better prepared than we were in 2016.
“This threat, I believe, demands a whole-of-government response,” he said.
Coats noted that cyber attacks by Russia have been successful in sowing division. And that’s exactly what Russia wanted to do and Democrats have missed the entire point. Russia’s endgame was never electing Donald Trump. They didn’t care who won the 2016 presidential election. They just wanted the American people to question the entire political process, cause chaos, and waste time chasing our own tails while Russia does whatever it wants.