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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 CoatsEx-Trump official says intel community's testimony interfered in US-North Korea talks Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump 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 PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersFormer GOP House Intel chair: McConnell eating 'manure sandwich' with Trump's national emergency Lawmakers quiz officials on 2020 election security measures Hillicon Valley: House panel takes on election security | DOJ watchdog eyes employee texts | Senate Dems urge regulators to block T-Mobile, Sprint deal | 'Romance scams' cost victims 3M in 2018 MORE — all reaffirmed their confidence the intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.