Senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

Senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

"What I think is indisputable is that they did interfere and they will do so in the future", Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump, meanwhile, goes back and forth about what he says he believes or accepts. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Helsinki last week that he supported Trump in 2016 because of Trump's conciliatory outlook toward Russia.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump's warning reflected an intelligence briefing he has received about actual Russian activity or whether he was simply "trolling people", as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it on Tuesday. But he said, without offering evidence, "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

The bipartisan proposal is another sign that Trump hasn't been able to tamp down the furor raised after his news conference with Putin and his invitation for the Russian leader to come to the White House in the fall.

Under pressure from Congress, which previous year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. His reasoning? "They definitely don't want Trump". He states often that Russian meddling in US elections is fake news. Given the timing, the announcement surprised White House allies, and even appeared to catch Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats, off guard. At the G-7 summit in June, he reportedly remarked that Crimea should belong to Russia because "everyone there speaks Russian" (besides advocating Russia's re-inclusion into the G-7), whereas in early July, the White House issued a statement announcing that the Crimea sanctions against Russia will continue until Crimea was restituted to Ukraine.

The Foreign Relations Committee is planning additional hearings on the value of the NATO security alliance; the broad challenges facing U.S. -Russia policy; Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; as well as arms control issues, including allegations that Russian Federation violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and has since picked up four other Democrats and five more Republicans as co-sponsors, including Collins. Trump's comments provoked widespread outrage, since the American intelligence community had concluded Putin directed operations created to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. US intelligence agencies also have determined that Russian Federation interfered in the election to help him win, and the agencies have warned there are ominous signs of more cyberattacks to come.

Pompeo told senators how strongly he has warned the Russians not to interfere in American elections after the wave of "active measures" they launched against the United States in 2016.

Trump initially denied the Federal Bureau of Investigation findings at the press conference following the one-on-one meeting with Putin.

Corker and Sen Crapo, who is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said.

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