The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning to examine the potential for Russian cyberattacks on upcoming U.S. elections.
The proceedings kick off at 9:30 a.m.
The hearing is part of a broader examination of Russian interference in the 2016 election, currently being conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
In Wednesday’s hearing, chaired by ranking members Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee will look at the possibility of Russian cyberattacks threatening the upcoming 2018 congressional midterm elections and the 2020 presidential elections.
United States intelligence agencies have unanimously concluded that Russia did attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During his own testimony before the same committee, former FBI chief, James Comey, warned that Russia meddled and that their hackers would be back for subsequent elections.
Despite the consensus, the White House has been taciturn on the matter. Since his election in November, President Donald Trump has sought to cast doubt on claims of Russian interference viewing it as a threat to his legitimacy. While he has begrudgingly acknowledged Russia’s role when pressed, his own press secretary, Sean Spicer, said yesterday that he could not say whether Trump believed the assessment of his intelligence chiefs on the matter.
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