Trump backs off siding with Russian Federation over U.S. intelligence amid backlash

President Trump again expressed confidence in USA intelligence agencies and their assessment of Russian interference Wednesday, but declined to say whether he believes Vladimir Putin was lying when he denied Russia was behind the meddling effort.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters Tuesday that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections", and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.

But Trump has frequently questioned the Intelligence Community's assessment, including on Monday, in which he sided with Putin over United States intelligence on 2016 election interference.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", he said.

Mr Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for USA elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. "I never want to say never about anything, but it's certainly not high on our list of investigative techniques", he told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. It is why I believe we are at a critical point.

Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a press conference at the Helsinki Summit this past week, and their meeting has been the most talked about occurrence in the media.

After President Trump's admission that he misspoke at the Helsinki summit, it was President Putin's turn yesterday to confess to a "slip of the tongue". "Some people HATE that I got along with Putin", he wrote.

Browder said on Fox Business Network that it was "just shocking" for Trump's spokeswoman to say they were considering letting Russian Federation question USA officials. "But let's be very clear, just so everybody knows: Russian Federation did meddle with our elections". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will try to force a vote Thursday on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable.

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"We're going to make sure that Congress does everything it can to protect this country", said Sen.

The president was responding to a question about whether he thought any USA intelligence agencies were out to get him.

Members of Congress from both parties have suggested possible legislation to toughen US sanctions against Russian Federation and enhance election security ahead of November's midterm voting. "I have tremendous faith in [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats".

"It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, 'the system is blinking red, '" Coats said.

"He's held aloft by his base for now, but the base alone is not sufficient and I think we're in for a rough ride this fall."

A head-spinning few days in the presidency of Donald Trump are spiraling into a defining moment for the political movement he has led - and are raising questions about where the Republican Party goes from here.

"He wants to work with his team and determine if there's any validity that would be helpful to the process", Sanders said.

His comments came the same day that the Justice Department unveiled an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democratic groups during the 2016 campaign. A lot of people out there.

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