Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, listens as Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., left, speaks to reporters following the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Congress Election Security

Trump officials to brief Congress on election security

July 10, 2019 - 12:44 pm

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is briefing Congress on steps it's taken to improve election security in the wake of Russian interference in 2016.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray and other officials are meeting separately with the House and Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes the classified briefing, and says the "smooth and secure execution" of the 2018 midterm elections shows the success of measures the administration has taken.

While Congress may need to act, the Kentucky Republican says he's skeptical of Democratic-passed bills on election security. He says they give too much control over state and local elections to the federal government.

Democrats dispute that and say McConnell has blocked bipartisan bills to ensure Russia and other countries can't interfere in 2020.


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