Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats gave his first television interview since he was replaced as DNI in 2019, disputing many of the claims President Trump has made about the integrity, or lack thereof, of the upcoming election.
Coats specifically said that he has not seen any evidence of “widespread fraud,” despite Trump’s many unfounded claims that this will be a corrupt election.
“No I haven’t and the people I have talked to who are looking at this basically said they have not seen this, at least at this point,” Coats said, discussing the President’s claims on election fraud in an interview with CBS on Thursday.
Coats also said that Russia is the country he is most worried about interfering in the election.
“They’re the New England Patriots of messing with elections. I think they do it better than anybody else,” he said, adding that the US intelligence community has “full confidence that the Russians are going after our elections.”
He said Russia is trying to undermine our confidence in democracy.
The former DNI also warned that to him, the nightmare scenario is that Americans feel their preferred candidate was denied the election leading to violence.
“The nightmare scenario is on election night people will draw conclusions, or days after, will draw conclusions that their candidate has been denied the victory and that public riots will result, that violence might result from that,” Coats said.