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

President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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 CoatsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race Cyber preparedness could save America's 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' 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 PompeoMike PompeoChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersAfter messy Afghanistan withdrawal, questions remain Congress should control its appetite for legacy programs when increasing defense budget The Pentagon budget is already out of control: Some in Congress want to make it worse MORE — all reaffirmed their confidence the intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.