Top state election official questions why Trump is downplaying threat of Russian election interference: report

Top state election official questions why Trump is downplaying threat of Russian election interference: report
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A top state election official reportedly questioned the Department of Homeland Security secretary about President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE's actions regarding the threat of Russian election interference.

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He reportedly asked her why Trump was downplaying the threat of Russian interference even as the country's intelligence agencies have issued warnings on the issue.


Nielsen reportedly said that Trump recognized Russia's election interference. She did not comment further, according to HuffPost.

The interaction came after Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and other top officials testified last week that Russia did indeed interfere in the 2016 election and accessed the voter rolls of an "exceptionally small" number of states.

"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations," Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

FBI Director Christopher Wray also said last week that Trump had not specifically ordered him to act to counter Russian efforts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in November.

A CNN report last week said Trump remains unconvinced of the assessment from the country's intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the investigation into Russian election interference as a "witch hunt" and has denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Over the weekend, he sent out a flurry of tweets venting his anger with the Russia investigation. He denied ever saying Russia didn't meddle in the 2016 presidential election.