Senator Angus King came forth this Wednesday to claim that Russia’s effort to meddle in the U.S. election is “one of the most serious attacks” on the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.
“This is a serious threat,” King explained while appearing CNN’s “New Day.” “It’s one of the most serious attacks on our country since September 11.” (See video below)
The comments from King follow Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee this past Tuesday that he has “no doubt” Russia views the upcoming midterm elections as a target of “influence operations.”
“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,” Coats informed the committee.
King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared that the Russian attacks on U.S. democracy will continue.
“But we’re talking about a major attack on our democracy that’s ongoing, that’s going to continue,” he said. “And this is a place where you need presidential leadership.”
King called upon Trump to fight against the Russian threat, suggesting interim reports between government agencies.
King said he “understands the president’s reluctance” on the issue because Trump thinks the Russian story hurts his own 2016 election victory.
“I’m not berating the president, I’m urging the president because I think he could separate these two issues,” he said.
“My problem is, I talk to people in Maine who say, ‘The whole thing is a witch hunt and it’s a hoax because the president told me,’” King said, speaking at Tuesday’s hearing where intelligence leaders testified about national security threats.
“We cannot confront this threat, which is a serious one, with a whole-of-government response when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists,” he added.
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Sen. Angus King on Russian meddling in the US election: "This is a serious threat, it's one of the most serious attacks on our country since September 11" https://t.co/qXQPIyk9Re
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