Homeland Security head says she’s unaware Russia wanted Trump to win

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About two weeks ago, the president unloaded on Nielsen at a heated Cabinet meeting - railing against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.

"I don't believe that I have seen that conclusion".

Nielsen, who was reported earlier this month to have considered resigning over criticism from Trump regarding immigration policy, said she generally had no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment.

Clapper does not go so far as to state that Trump colluded with Russia, but he describes the president's attitude in face of evidence of Russian interference as one of "aggressive indifference".

Nielsen added, "What we have seen the Russians do is attempt to manipulate public confidence on both sides". So I think what they're trying to do, in my opinion, and I defer to the intel community, is just disrupt our belief and our own understanding of what's happening.

With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.

In the 2017 assessment, the FBI, CIA and NSA all agreed that Russian Federation interfered with a preference for Trump. That was at odds with Republican members of the House intelligence committee, who said that while Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to hamper Hillary Clinton's campaign, that didn't mean he wanted to help Trump. "All three agencies agree with this judgment", the report's conclusion found.

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"The Secretary has previously reviewed the intelligence community's assessment and agrees with it - as she stated today and previously", he said in a statement.

Some of Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress on Tuesday called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the FBI probe into Trump's campaign, Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Some Republicans in Congress have since disputed the findings, with House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging that the finding was based on poor analysis.

"Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA", said Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to answer questions about whether he agreed with the 2017 intelligence community assessment.

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