Attorney General Jeff Sessions conceded Wednesday that the U.S. government is not doing enough to prevent future interference in elections by Russia and other foreign adversaries. “We’re not,” Sessions said, when asked by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., if the government is taking adequate action to prevent meddling in its elections. “The matter is so complex that for most of us we’re not able to fully grasp the technical dangers that are out there.” Sessions said he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered with the 2016 election and may attempt to do so again. He said the Justice Department has been aggressively looking into the stealing of trade secrets in the private sector and noted that the FBI’s computer experts are also highly trained.
“Are we at the level we need to be yet? I don’t think so,” Sessions conceded. He also said there is no review underway of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and how to address them.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked Sessions the name of the person at the Justice Department in charge of making suggestions to Congress about what laws needed to change in order to protect the election system from foreign interference.