WASHINGTON – U.S. Intelligence officials say there’s been an attempt to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
The Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says foreign actors are trying to spread falsehoods and to undermine voters’ confidence in the system.
“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and, separately, by Russia,” said Ratcliffe during a Wednesday night press announcement. “We will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections.”
According to officials Iran allegedly posed as the far-right group “proud boys”, sending voters intimidating e-mails warning them to “vote for Trump or else.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray says voters should remain confident in the political process.
“As always, the men and women of the FBI remain committed to protecting the American people, our democracy and the integrity of our elections,” said Wray. “We are not going to let our guard down.”
The White House released a statement saying the President has directed federal authorities to “proactively monitor and thwart any attempts to interfere in U.S. Elections.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff put out a joint statement that denounced “voter intimidation or interference efforts.”