FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that President Trump has not personally directed him to take steps to stop Russia from interfering in this year’s midterm elections, despite the consensus of the intelligence community that Vladimir Putin sees his 2016 efforts as “successful” and intends to keep interfering.
“We’re taking a lot of specific efforts to blunt Russian efforts,” Wray said when Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) asked if he had been directed by Trump to do so.
“As directed by the president?” Reed interrupted.
“Not as specifically directed by the president,” Wray responded.
Reed had asked Wray along with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats if they had received specific direction from Trump to thwart Russian meddling efforts during future elections.
Sen. Reed: "Has the president directed you and your agency to take specific actions to confront and blunt Russian influence activities?"
FBI Director Wray: "Not as specifically directed by the president." pic.twitter.com/agGhVa843e
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The Hill adds:
The officials indicated they had not received that directive from the president, but that Trump expects them to carry out their intelligence duties, including getting ahead of threats from Russia and others.
Coats told the committee there “should be no doubt” that Russia believes it was successful in influencing the 2016 election and will target the 2018 election in a similar fashion.