Trump’s Intel Chief: ‘We Have Been Clear’ In Findings Of Russian Election Meddling

on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats prepares to deliver remarks, arguing for the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act at the Heritage Foundati... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats prepares to deliver remarks, arguing for the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act at the Heritage Foundation October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conservative think tank hosted national security leaders for a seminar about the controversial 702 provision, which authorizes the government to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance to collect, use and disseminate communications stored by U.S. internet service providers, among other things. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 16, 2018 2:55 p.m.

On the heels of President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin — during which Trump called Putin’s denials of Russia 2016 election meddling “strong” and “powerful” — Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement reiterating the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was behind the influence effort.

“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy,” Coats — a former GOP senator and Trump appointee — said.

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