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House Lawmakers to Be Briefed on Election Security on Thursday

House Lawmakers to Be Briefed on Election Security on Thursday
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By    |   Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:16 PM

Three top intelligence officials will brief lawmakers on voting system security in a meeting set up by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., The Hill is reporting.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray will meet with House members on Thursday evening, an aide to Ryan told The Hill.

The briefing will be unclassified and closed to the public.

It comes amid fears for the 2018 midterm election following Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The briefing is expected to include details on efforts by federal officials to provide aid to states to secure their voting systems, The Hill noted.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ripped into Ryan for what he called a "last minute" effort to address the issue, The Hill reported.

"House Republicans have treated election security as a third rung issue for over a year," he said. "It is time for them to finally take this national security issue seriously. The next federal election is less than six months away."

Meanwhile, officials have discovered evidence of a "malicious intrusion" into a Tennessee county's election website from a computer in Ukraine. Investigators said it likely caused the site to crash as it reported vote total during this month's primary.

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