Trump intel chief: 'No doubt' Russia sees 2018 midterms as potential target

President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's top intelligence chief said Tuesday that there is "no doubt" that Russia views its efforts to influence the 2016 election as successful and will look to target the upcoming midterms.

“There should be no doubt that Russia perceived its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Trump: ‘Phony witch hunt’ drove wedge between US, Russia Press: Whose side is Trump on? MORE said during his opening remarks at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

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He also warned lawmakers that Moscow is "likely to pursue even more aggressive cyberattacks" against future elections in an effort to undermine U.S. democracy.

Moscow will look to "use elections as opportunities to undermine democracy, sow discord and undermine our values," Coats said.

The panel's regularly scheduled hearing on worldwide threats to U.S. national security took place amid the committee's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Coats and the rest of the officials testifying — including FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Former CIA director Brennan urges Pompeo, Bolton, Kelly to resign following 'treasonous' Trump-Putin summit Mnuchin says US will consider Iran oil sanctions waivers: report MORE and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersTrump and Putin should be talking about cyber weapons and social media instead of nuclear weapons Congress takes smart steps to make space launch reusability the norm Authoritarian threats to American democracy demand urgent action MORE — all reaffirmed their confidence the intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.