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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 CoatsHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter This week: Democrats churn toward next phase of impeachment fight 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 PompeoDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Red-state governors races pose test for Trump Trump takes pulse of GOP on Alabama Senate race Overnight Defense: House approves Turkey sanctions in rebuke of Trump | Trump attacks on Army officer testifying spark backlash | Dems want answers from Esper over Ukraine aid MORE — all reaffirmed their confidence the intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.