The Trump administration is apparently doing very little to protect the integrity of American elections from foreign interference, according to one of the country’s top intelligence chiefs.
NSA chief MIke Rogers says Russia has "not paid a price" for meddling in U.S. election and WH has not told him to confront Russian cyber threat | https://t.co/11EAlEj7jZ
— Tim Carter (@TimCarterCNN) February 27, 2018
National Security Agency Director and head of US Cyber Command Admiral Mike Rogers testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, where he admitted that Russia has “not paid a price that has significantly changed their behavior” in reference to their meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Breaking right now @clairecmc and other Senators in both parties asking outgoing NSA Director Adm Mike Rogers why no one is ordering a response to Russian hacking. McCaskill says "Russia is winning and that is disgusting"
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 27, 2018
“I haven’t been granted any additional authorities” to take action against Russia or to prevent future election meddling, Rogers told the committee. “I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that,” Rogers said. “The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of Defense.”
"Senators in both parties asking outgoing NSA Director Adm Mike Rogers why no one is ordering a response to Russian hacking. "
Connect the Dots: pic.twitter.com/08XzX0Ub4q
— Douglas Ritz (@douglasritz) February 27, 2018
“Essentially, we have not taken on the Russians yet,” Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) said. Reed then asked Rogers if Russia is “attempting to achieve a strategic objective to influence public opinion on elections?” Rogers responded, “yes sir I believe they are attempting to undermine our institutions.”
@realDonaldTrump Russia is winning because this guy is scared of Putin, He can't implement sanctions against Russia because Trump is weak and he's scared to stand up to his boss
— j (@jp9092) February 27, 2018
Roger’s testimony is only the latest to come from leaders of the American intelligence community. Earlier this month, all 6 intelligence chiefs acknowledged and confirmed Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The US Isn't Doing Enough to Prevent Future Russian Election Meddling https://t.co/JZOueVpcP4
— Brandon Gage (@Teadoffliberals) February 14, 2018
The common denominator? President Donald Trump. He has refused to implement sanctions and Russia he himself signed, and continues to deny that there was any collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.
“We’ve seen NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION….I have seen nothing, the firing of James Comey and all of the aftermath, that suggests that the President has obstructed justice because he’s exercising his power as the President of the U.S. I just don’t see it.” Judge Ken Starr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
Trump appears incapable and unwilling to separate his election victory and Russian election interference, which is endangering the integrity of future elections, including the rapidly approaching 2018 midterms.
The Oath of Office means nothing apparently…https://t.co/swQfAvof3p
— MJR jnr (@onetruebritt) February 27, 2018
He has also claimed former President Barack Obama “did nothing about Russia.” Trump can’t keep his story straight, and it’s threatening the foundations of our democracy.
“Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and never was. This whole Witch Hunt is an illegal disgrace…and Obama did nothing about Russia!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
Trump is facing some pretty harsh criticism on Twitter.
Of course not.
Our president is the national equivalent of an armed school resource deputy who waits outside a school building as a shooting inside a school building occurs.
— Shaun L Kelly (@ShaunLKelly1955) February 27, 2018
this failure to protect sovereignty of our elections is what will get trump impeached in 2019 and imprisoned in 2021.
— Piece D. Resistance (@coup_d_etat2020) February 27, 2018
“This failure to protect the sovereignty of our elections is what will get trump impeached in 2019 and imprisoned in 2021,” hopes Piece. D. Resistance.
With Democrats seeing increasing chances of regaining control of the US House of Representatives this fall, however, impeachment proceedings are likely, should Democrats prevail.
Rogers is scheduled to retire from his posts in the coming weeks, and whoever the President chooses to replace him still remains uncertain.