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U.S. plans news sanctions against Russian Federation to come 'within weeks'

U.S. plans news sanctions against Russian Federation to come 'within weeks'

President Donald Trump has offered to order intelligence agencies to take more action against cyber threats if his intervention is needed, according to the top US spy chief, who said the White House is "actively engaged" in responding to Russian election meddling.

"They are in a research-and-development phase", Ashley said, noting that any further details would need to be provided in a classified setting. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) that "we don't" have an official government policy on Russian election interference.

In the "Worldwide Threat" report presented to the U.S. Senate hearing, the U.S. Intelligence organizations outline, in three sections the style and manner of the threats that China presents.

As they did with Nakasone, frustrated committee members peppered Coats with questions about what the USA was doing to punish nations that infiltrate government networks, steal data from contractors or try to influence American elections.

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Coats added that he didn't know what other names would be on Mnuchin's list, though the intelligence agencies had provided the Treasury Department with information on others.

Hirono replied, "The conclusion is that this is not a top priority" for President Donald Trump after the US intelligence community concluded that Russia's 2016 election meddling was aimed at helping him defeat his election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton. The finding has shadowed Trump's first 14 months in the White House amid multiple congressional investigations and a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Adm. Mike Rogers, the outgoing director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, said the U.S. response to Russian Federation has not been strong enough to change Moscow's activities. Trump has called several USA probes into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation a "witch hunt" and an excuse by Democrats to explain his upset victory over Clinton.

A law passed a year ago by the US Congress imposed sanctions on Russian Federation, but the Trump administration has yet to formally designate targets for the measure.

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The former Republican senator said the president made the comment after a February 13 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Coats told lawmakers "there's no single agency in charge" of blocking potential Russian operations.

Coats told the lawmakers, "We assess that Russian Federation is likely to continue to pursue even more aggressive cyberattacks with the intent of degrading our democratic values and weakening our alliances". National Security Agency director Admiral Mike Rogers told senators last week that the president has given him no new authority or capability for that ahead of the midterms.

"We see this continuing influence by the Russians and we want to be not only defensively ready".

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