Pompeo had said earlier that he expected that Russian Federation would insert itself in the midterms in which Republicans and Democrats will vie for control of the House and Senate.
Their testimony comes as the intelligence community releases its new worldwide threats assessment, which anticipates "Russia will conduct bolder and more disruptive cyber operations during the next year, most likely using new capabilities" to target the USA, its allies, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Ukraine.
In Germany's election last September, public discussion of a feared Russian cyber campaign, and an agreement among political parties not to exploit information gathered in cyber attacks - an accord unlikely to be replicated in the United States - appeared to help inoculate the country against outside meddling.
The American people could pressure Congress on this front.
Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said: "We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here".
Other senators asked Coats, Pompeo, Wray and their counterparts to restate their support for the 2017 assessment that concluded Russian Federation had attacked the previous year's election.
"If the president would only say that", King said.
"This is a serious threat", King told CNN's "New Day". Russian Federation also appears eager to spread information - real and fake - that deepens political divisions, including purported evidence that ties Trump to Russian Federation, and its efforts to influence the 2016 election. The administration condemned foreign interference a year ago when Trump signed a bill mandating new sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment for the 2016 active measures. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied this and Trump has said he believes him. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to press officials on whether Trump has directed them to take "specific actions to confront and to blunt" Russian interference activities.
He concluded: "There needs to be a national cry for that".
All right, he was asked - whose job is that?
"The tools they use are everything from hacking into companies and critical infrastructure and defence contractors - everybody you can imagine - to using our immigration system against us, to even our universities", Rubio said. "Several agencies that have equities in this are working together to try to integrate that process".
"The decision time is becoming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this", Coats said in remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee, quoted by AFP.
On Wednesday, United States and its allies have tabled a motion with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to place Pakistan on the watch list of countries which are considered "non-compliant with global anti-terror financing measures", said an exclusive report of the Reuters. When the National Association of Secretaries of State holds its winter meeting this weekend in Washington, half of the sessions will be devoted wholly or in part to election security.