Feb 13, 2018

What you need to know from the Senate Intel world threats hearing

Intelligence directors testify on Capitol Hill. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

The big takeaway: The intelligence officials all conceded that the Russians will continue to interfere with U.S. elections through the 2018 mid terms and likely beyond.

Who testified: DNI Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, DIA Director Robert Ashley, NSA Director Mike Rogers, NGA Director Robert Cardillo.

On Russia:

On ISIS:

  • Coats: ISIS remains a threat and will likely focus on regrouping in Iraq and Syria and in ungoverned” regions.

On cybersecurity:

  • Coats: “The United States is threatened by cyberattacks every day…Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China post the greatest threats.”

On Rob Porter:

  • Wray contradicted the White House timeline on Porter's security clearance.
  • On security clearances: Coats told the AP the government's system for granting security clearances is "broken" and needs to be overhauled. Sen. Warner told the intelligence directors the security clearances system needs reforms since it is "hampering your recruitment and retention and costing us millions of dollars in inefficiency."

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Peter Thiel's Founders Fund isn't really Peter Thiel's Founders Fund

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Founders Fund has raised $3 billion for a pair of new funds, so expect a slew of headlines about how "Peter Thiel's venture capital firm" is now flush with cash.

Behind the scenes: Thiel is essential to Founders Fund, but he's not autocratic. Instead, Axios has learned that he's one of three people with veto power over most FF investments, and is unable to do a deal without approval of the other two.