“They’re the New England Patriots of messing with elections. I feel they do it higher than anyone else.”
That’s Dan Coats, President Donald Trump’s former Director of Nationwide Intelligence, in an interview with CBS Information on Thursday, referring to Russia’s efforts to intrude with the U.S. presidential election.
“I’m completely clear that by the intelligence we have now gathered that we have now full confidence that the Russians are going after our elections,” Coats mentioned. “They’re making an attempt to undermine our confidence in democracy. They’re doing it now. They’re gonna proceed to do it, and the American individuals must know that.”
Coats added that he has little doubt Russia interfered within the 2016 election, regardless of Trump’s repeated pronouncements that that was “a hoax,” and mentioned Russia has “developed a transparent choice” for Trump within the election.
He additionally instructed CBS Information that he’s apprehensive about what’s going to occur on Election Day, however, regardless of Trump’s assertations, he’s seen no proof of election fraud. “The individuals I’ve talked to who’re this have principally mentioned they haven’t seen this, at the very least at this level,” he mentioned.