>> President Donald Trump convened his national security advisers Friday for a high level meeting on election security as the 2018 midterms loom less than four months away. The meeting came a day after Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, was identified in a story by the Daily Beast as the target of a phishing attack driven by the same Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election interference.
In a statement, McCaskill said quote Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare against our democracy. While this attack was not successful it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. Questions persist over whether US states are ready to battle any possible Russian interference in the high-stakes midterms.
Democrats believe they can retake the House and Senate and block Trump's legislative agenda. Trump has been under fire for appearing to say he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial over his own intelligence agencies while meeting with Putin in Helsinki Finland last week, but he later said he misspoke.
Earlier Friday, Putin said he had invited Trump to come to Moscow for a second meeting, an invite the White House said Trump is considering. Trump has already postponed plans to invite Putin to the White House this Fall until 2019, after the mid-terms in November.