Offered Donald trump a candidate for the office of the Director of National intelligence Daniel Coates has ranked Russia one of the main challenges facing the United States. He stated at the hearings in the Senate intelligence Committee, which considered his nomination.
“The perseverance of Russia in world Affairs is something that I look with great concern, and something that we need to look with eyes wide open and with a healthy degree of skepticism”, – quotes its words Reuters.
Coates also called for a thorough investigation of any attempt by Russia to influence the past presidential election. “I think we need to investigate and understand,” he said.
73-year-old Coates, who was a member of the Senate intelligence Committee, also promised that the Commission, which will conduct the investigation, will be granted full access to all documents and other materials necessary to conduct the investigation. “I have no intention to hide anything from the Committee,” he said.
US intelligence has accused Russia of meddling in the elections of the American President. In January of this year, the dni’s office is putting published the unclassified version of the report, which claimed that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin “with high probability” led to interference in the elections. According to American intelligence, the aim of the Russian authorities was “to undermine people’s faith in American democracy, to tarnish Hillary Clinton, to hurt her presidential campaign and to thwart its potential victory in the elections.”
Moscow has repeatedly denied such accusations. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, in particular, commenting on this report, stated that that contains unsupported accusations. Then he added that the Kremlin “really tired” from these accusations.