Russian Federation expected to interfere in United States midterm elections — CIA Director

Russian Federation expected to interfere in United States midterm elections — CIA Director

The U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, told a Russian radio station on Tuesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with Russian spy officials, but he did not say where the meeting occurred or say specifically who attended.

The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said on Russian state TV that Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, met with his U.S. counterparts about the fight against terrorism.

During an interview with state television on Tuesday, Ambassador Antonov said that contacts among Russian and USA intelligence services continued "even in the most hard of times". Central Intelligence Agency expects more election interference Central Intelligence Agency chief: "I have every expectation" that Russian Federation will try to influence midterms MORE.

The key question, Schumer told reporters, is whether Naryshkin's visit accounted for the administration's decision on Monday not to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation under a law passed previous year to punish Moscow's purported election meddling.

President Donald Trump has called many times for reconciliation with Russian Federation, arguing that the country is an essential partner to addressing security challenges in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere.

Meetings between foreign intelligence chiefs, even from rival nations, are mostly kept secret but are not unusual. "And I wanted to get back on our front foot", Pompeo said about the Central Intelligence Agency.

"Russia hacked our elections", Schumer said. In Moscow, the provenance of the list was roundly mocked, even as officials expressed irritation at the USA action.

He said that joint work by USA and Russian Federation "would continue".

He was banned from entering the United States, but sanctions experts told Reuters there are processes allowing people under sanction to enter for official business.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that the administration "immediately come clean and answer questions - which United States officials did he meet with?" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after news of the discussions surfaced.

"While we do not discuss the schedules of USA intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies", a CIA spokesman said.

Pompeo said he is concerned by Russia's subversion tactics, just as European countries are.

"There are political proclamations, there is real work", he said. "I do the truth", he said.

Trump's willingness to court Moscow also has anxious many intelligence officials, who say it has damaged operations.

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