US officials raise alarm about election interference ahead of midterms

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The White House has been focusing its criminal justice reform efforts on improving re-entry, rehabilitation and workforce training programs, instead of sentencing reform, which many advocates argue would make a bigger difference.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he's "not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened at Helsinki" between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as he warned about malign activities from the Kremlin meant to influence the November vote. In a series of debates with rival Hillary Clinton, Trump casts doubt on Moscow's role in hacks that targeted the DNC and Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta.

Apparently we're in the same boat as the head of USA intelligence. Aides say they're working to schedule more political rallies, partly to boost Trump's mood and distract him from the headlines about Russian Federation.

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", Sanders said.

"When we say hire American, we mean all Americans", Trump said. "And one of the points of that is to counter Russian aggression", he said.

News accounts a year ago, however, said that Sessions had rebuffed Trump's earlier demands to retake control of the investigation. If Trump manages to talk himself into a deep enough hole, a President Mike Pence might start looking pretty attractive to Senate Republicans looking at a much tougher cycle in 2020, too. "We'd like to see it come to a close", she said.

He also touted his successful trip to visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, successfully demanding they pay up on their military spending commitments, but said the press said he was "rude".

Immediately following this tweet, lawyers and political pundits alike began questioning if this tweet itself could be considered obstruction of justice.

"We acknowledge the threat".

"They ought to let them conclude their work", Thune said.

President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa, Florida.

One reporter questioned whether US President Donald Trump had adequately challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin on the matter at their bilateral summit in Finland last month.

They are conducting investigations into foreign interference. They just want to break down the foundations of democracy, break down trust in our electoral process. "I won't discuss the specifics, except to state that our forces are well-trained, ready and very capable", he said.

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Scott continued, comparing Trump's efforts with former President Barack Obama, the first African-American president elected to the White House.

He added that the prison reform effort is devoted in part to making sure that former inmates can find work.

"Facebook has billions of ads and posts, and millions are added every day".

"There's a sense if you don't do it, it's not going to get done", he said Thursday. "And they respect us again". "America must never accept it".

"To suggest that the Russians interfered to break down our democracy without wanting to pick winners and losers is false".

She noted it's not "unreasonable" for election officials to ask for an ID. The answer was clear as day, Putin responded, 'Yes, I did.

Republican Senator John McCain was among those who called on the U.S. government to do more than warn the public.