U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their private meeting on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

During Thursday's Aspen Security Forum, Tom Burt, Microsoft's VP of Customer Security & Trust, warned the crowd that hacks, like those during the 2016 elections by Russian government operatives, continue to happen. Three midterm candidates already suffered cyber attacks from Russian hackers.

In 2016, Burt said his team discovered fake Microsoft domain names used by the Russian hacking groups —given code names like Scrontium, APT28, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm— used to "phish" information from unsuspecting campaign staffers.

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Jimmy Kimmel gives his opening monologue on his ABC late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, July 18, 2018. (ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live)

In his opening monologue Wednesday night, the Jimmy Kimmel Live host spent most of his time talking about the same thing much of the internet was discussing: President Donald Trump's latest questionable statement and his administration's attempts to backpedal from it.

While speaking to the press during a Wednesday cabinet meeting, the President answered "No" when asked by ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega, twice, if Russian meddling in United States political affairs was still an issue.

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Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager in 2016, challenged Special Counsel Robert Mueller's authority to investigate the crimes he was indicted on. Lawyers for Manafort asked a judge to dismiss charges including money laundering, conspiracy and false statements.

In response, Mueller released a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein outlining the scope and specific allegations against individuals to be investigated. The heavily redacted memo, to remove any portions relating to individuals other than Manafort, proves Mueller had authority to investigate Manafort.

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Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testifies about the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for US Cyber Command during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs were called to testify to the committee about 'world wide threats.' (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a stunning admission and rebuke of President Donald Trump, the six chiefs of the United States intelligence agencies revealed that not only did Russia interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but that it's only going to get worse unless some sort of "national outcry" occurs.

"That this is going to happen, and the resilience needed for us to stand up and say we're not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how to run our country," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said. "I think there needs to be a national cry for that." Coats also said that "we need to inform the American public that this is real," further isolating the president, who takes Vladmir Putin's word that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election.

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WASHINGTON, USA - DECEMBER 13: Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster, National Security Advisor to President Trump, speaks at the Jamestown Foundation's 11th annual Terrorism Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, United States on December 13, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster warned Russian disinformation efforts are underway in Mexico, where national elections are set to take place in July to elect a successor to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“We’ve seen that this is really a sophisticated effort to polarize democratic societies and pit communities within those societies against each other. You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said in previously unreported remarks made during a December 15 address for the Jamestown Foundation.

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President Donald Trump reportedly has asked his legal team about his power to pardon his aides, his family, and even himself in an effort to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to people familiar with his plans who spoke to reporters with The Washington Post. A second individual confirmed that Trump's lawyers have discussed the president's pardoning powers among themselves. The president has also pursued perceived conflicts of interest on Mueller’s team, which could potentially be cited by an attorney general and stymie his work. Justice Department regulations currently allow attorneys general to cite a conflict of interest as one of the possible grounds to remove a special counsel from office.

A close adviser to the president denied that Trump is pushing back against Mueller's investigation and that he simply made inquiries into the extent of his pardoning authority. “This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,'” the adviser said.

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