Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing for sanctions over election meddling amid fears Russia, China, Iran and North Korea could target the November midterms. "While the administration has yet to share the full text, an executive order that inevitably leaves the president broad discretion to decide whether to impose tough sanctions against those who attack our democracy is insufficient", Warner said.
Bolton said under the order, the intelligence community would have 45 days to determine whether there was meddling in the election.
The executive order comes six weeks after Bolton and other administration officials warned that Russian Federation and other governments continue to seek to influence USA elections, including upcoming mid-terms in November.
The executive order requires the Director of National Intelligence to conduct regular assessments into whether there is foreign interference in US elections.
The new executive order gives US intelligence agencies 45 days after an election to report any efforts to meddle with the outcome. United States intelligence agencies now believe that Russian Federation would again try to interfere the mid-term polls this year and also the 2020 presidential elections.
"We will combine that effort throughout the agency, and look to assess what has happened", he said adding that the executive order directs them to complete this in 40 days.
The executive order was also panned by some lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Russian interference Tuesday afternoon. Sen.
"Today's announcement by the Administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it", they argued.
The order described by a USA official familiar with its drafting as "another tool in the tool kit" to deter election interference by foreign adversaries, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders later clarified Trump meant to say he had no reason to believe it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation, using the wrong word - but at that point, the damage of the remarks and the skepticism he expressed had already led to bipartisan outcry, particularly as intelligence officials warn that Russian Federation may continue to attempt to attack United States elections as the midterms approach in November. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are pushing a bill that would prohibit foreign governments from purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure.
In order to avoid overlap with congressional legislation aimed at the same goal, the order does not require congressional input or feature specific directives aimed at lawmakers.
He said: "This clearly is a process put in place to try and ensure we are doing every possible thing we can to prevent any interference in our election".
Bolton said over the last two weeks, he and Coats have spoken to over two dozen members of Congress to discuss possible ideas but said he believes the executive order is an "important step for the president to take as leader of the executive branch".
In a statement the Democratic National Committee said Trump's order "does nothing to hold Russian Federation accountable" for 2016.
In June, the United States slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and individuals for allegedly aiding Russia's intelligence agency in cyber-attacks against the US.