>> Frankly, the United States is under attack.>> Spy chief, Dan Coats delivering a dire warning on Capital Hill, Tuesday, telling Senators Russia is ready to throw another wrench into the 2018 elections.>> Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against the United States and our European allies, using elections as opportunities to undermined democracy, sow discord and undermine our values.
There should be no doubt that Russia perceive that its past efforts as successful, and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.>> Coats was joined in that assessment by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Chief Michael Rogers, and FBI Director Christopher Ray.
The four also unanimous in their conclusion, Russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 presidential race. Despite continued doubts about Russia's role coming from President Donald Trump, whom US spy agencies say Vladimir Putin was trying to help. The nagging problem for members of the Senate Intelligence Panel like Maine's Angus King, the lack of a clear plan to fight back.
>> They will work to use cyber operations to achieve strategic objectives, unless they face clear repercussions for their cyber operations. Right now there are none. How are we ever going to get them to stop dong this if all we do is patch our software and try to defend ourselves?
>> Pompeo pushing back.>> I would argue that your statement that we have done nothing does not reflect the responses that frankly some of us at this table have engaged in.>> Russia's interference in 2016 gave rise to the Federal Probe now led by Special Counsel, Robert Muller, who is also investigating whether Trump's campaign may have colluded with Moscow, which Trump denies.