Trump hasn't ordered NSA director to disrupt Russian cyberattacks targeting elections

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    NSA director says he hasn't received orders from Trump to disrupt Russian cyberattacks targeting elections
    A top U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not received specific direction from the Trump administration to disrupt Russian cyberattacks targeting U.S. elections.

    "I haven't been granted any additional authorities," National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, who also serves as commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    While Rogers said he has not asked for additional authorities to stop Russian cyberattacks at the source, he noted that it would ultimately be up to President Trump to give him that permission.

    "I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that," Rogers said. "The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of Defense."

    Rogers did say he has directed the cyber mission force to "begin some specific work" on the issue, but would not go into further detail on the steps in the unclassified setting.

    Democrats on the committee seized on Rogers's comments as evidence that the administration has not done enough to counter future election interference.

    "Essentially, we have not taken on the Russians yet," said Rep. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member, who accused the administration of "essentially sitting back and waiting."

    While Rogers pushed back on the notion that the administration has done nothing to counter Russian interference, he acknowledged that the response so far--which has included sanctions passed by Congress--has been insufficient in deterring such behavior.

    "They haven't paid a price, at least, that has significantly changed their behavior," Rogers said.

    At the same time, Rogers said confronting Russian hackers in the cyber realm would not necessarily be the "optimal" response to Moscow's efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.

    "I'm not sure that the capabilities that I have would be the optimal or only response to this," Rogers said.

    "It could be a part of the response," he added.

    Rogers was grilled by lawmakers from both parties about the steps the government has taken to deter and respond to Russian efforts to disrupt American elections throughout the hearing, which was scheduled to examine the fiscal 2019 budget request for U.S. Cyber Command.

    U.S. officials have blamed Russia for directing cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, as well as probing digital election infrastructure not involved in vote tallying, as part of the 2016 influence effort.

    The Department of Homeland Security responded to Russian hacking by providing state and local election officials with cyber testing and other resources to help protect their systems from future cyberattacks.

    Rogers's comments Tuesday mirrored those he made before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month, when he and other top intelligence officials said they expect Russia to meddle in the 2018 midterms.

    "We're not where we need to be or where we want to be," he told Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

    Rogers is serving out his final weeks as leader of the NSA and Cyber Command. Trump has tapped the leader of Army Cyber Command, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, to replace him.

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    Clinton calls on Trump to act: 'The Russians are still coming'
    Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused President Trump of ignoring a threat to national security after U.S. Cyber Command chief Mike Rogers said he has not been directed to counter possible Russian meddling in the 2018 elections.

    In a tweet, the former Democratic presidential nominee said "the Russians are still coming" and implored Trump to take steps to secure America's voting infrastructure ahead of the midterms.

    "I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?" Clinton tweeted.

    Rogers told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he would require additional authorization from Trump to take additional steps to secure voting systems.

    "I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that," Rogers said. "The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of Defense."

    Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee and elsewhere seized on Rogers' testimony, accusing the Trump administration of ignoring the threat posed by Russian hackers.

    "Essentially, we have not taken on the Russians yet," Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee's ranking member, said.

    "They haven't paid a price, at least, that has significantly changed their behavior," Rogers told the panel.

    CNN political analyst and Democratic strategist Paul Begala accused Trump of being a "wuss" in responding to Russia.

    "Why is Donald Trump, a man so tough he says he would rush into a school shooting unarmed, why is he such a wuss and a wimp about Russia?" Begala said on "Anderson Cooper 360."

    "What do the Russians have on him? Maybe it's nothing. Maybe it's just there's something about Mr. Putin that our president just worships and adores. But the evidence, the direct evidence is just catastrophic for him," he said.

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    The orange Russian puppet who picks petty fights with everyone except his homicidal sugar daddy Putin, who bragged to the Russians in the Oval Office about firing FBI director Comey the day after he did so, and then dragged his bloated feet for months on the bipartisan sanctions against Russia until ultimately refusing to enact them? That guy? What a shocker. I pray for the day when the entire arrogant Trump Crime Clan is tossed flying through the windows of the White House. Preferably with cuffs on.
     
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