>> Is in process. The White House is actively engaged. This is a high priority for them->> US Spy Chief Dan Coats try to put lawmakers' fears to rest Tuesday, telling a senate panel, Russia will not be free to meddle in the coming US elections.>> It is a topic that we understand, has to be addressed.
>> But those assurances seemingly at odds with testimony last week by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, who told the same senators, President Donald Trump had not granted him authority to disrupt Russian hacking. The Armed Services Committee peppered Coats with questions about Russia's plans to influence the 2018 midterms.
>> So how likely is it the 2018 elections gonna be compromised by Russia?>> We have not seen evidence of robust effort yet on the part of Russia. But we know their malign activities continue.>> Admiral Rogers said, and I will quote him. I believe that President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion that there's little price to pay here.
Do you agree with Admiral Rogers?>> I do believe what we've done has not done enough sanctions. Are under considerations. Yes.>> And yet the President of the United States has never directed you to do to Russia what they are doing to us, correct?>> President directs me to do my job, and my job is to provide the intelligence, which formulates policy.
>> Special Council Robert Mueller has brought indictments against 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 race. On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russians accused by the United States, could be prosecuted in Russia if they were found to have broken Russian law. But few on Capitol Hill seem inclined to take his word.
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