President Donald Trump is about to learn whether U.S. intelligence services believe foreign adversaries interfered with last month's midterm elections, but it's not clear whether that report will be made public.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will deliver an assessment Friday to the White House showing findings on foreign meddling, which lawmakers from both parties believe took place to a lesser extent than the 2016 election, reported The Hill.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Russia’s influence efforts are ongoing,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “They view it as part of their broader strategy, it’s a key part of their tactics they use around the world.”
Outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis said earlier this month that Russia had interfered in the midterm elections, and federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment shortly before Election Day against a Russian national accused of operating an influence campaign that involved the midterms.
Congress approved $380 million earlier this year for election security, and Trump signed an executive order requiring an investigation of foreign meddling.
Democratic lawmakers have not said exactly what actions they would take if Russia was found to have interfered in the 2018 elections, but instead will wait until reviewing the DNI assessment.
“It depends on what comes out on the report, but I think that there’s no question that Russians have been actively involved in attempts to influence elections,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “We need to continue to be vigilant and safeguard the state apparatus for elections, as well as some of the information campaigns that Russians are engaged in.”