Trump's CIA director says he has 'every expectation' Russia will meddle in America's 2018 midterms

CIA Director Mike Pompeo talks with the BBC
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On Monday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he views Russia primarily as an adversary and shares the concerns of European countries that Moscow continues to interfere in their democratic elections. "I haven't seen a significant decrease in their activity," Pompeo told BBC News, and when asked if he expected Russia to meddle in America's 2018 midterm elections, he replied: "Of course. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that." He added he's "confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election," and "that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great."

Also on Monday, Russia accused the U.S. of attempting to influence its March presidential election, specifically pointing to sanctions Congress told President Trump to impose on Russia as punishment for Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Trump administration then said it isn't imposing those sanctions "because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent."

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