Senate Committees Announce Series Of Hearings On Russia

Senate Committees Announce Series Of Hearings On Russia

Senate Committees Announce Series Of Hearings On Russia

American senator Lindsey Graham from the Republican Party claimed that the United States should prepare new sanctions for the Russian interference into the upcoming election to the U.S. Congress in 2018 as Voice of America reported. The agency echoed Schumer's invocation of Putin's words from the press conference in Helsinki, when the Russian president said he preferred Trump's victory in 2016 because he promised better US-Russia relations. Bolton suggested the decision not to meet sooner was due to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on legislation to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation in relation to interference in the 2016 election, said moving the second meeting with Putin was "probably a smart decision by the White House".

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", Trump wrote. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the president tweeted on Tuesday, before giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

"President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation". Marco Rubio (R-Fl) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) co-authored a bill that hits Russian Federation with additional sanctions if it interferes in future elections.

Corker is pushing for sanctions against the 12 Russian intelligence officials who hacked into Democratic National Committee computers during the 2016 presidential election.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy noted that the indictment said there is no evidence the vote count was affected, "but that was not likely for a lack of trying".

Many Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing Trump's summit performance.


Trump, who goes back and forth about what he accepts about the years-long campaign of "active measures" against the West, now says the cyberattacks, online agitation and other techniques could be turned against him and Republicans in the 2018 congressional races. However, Tuesday's tweet suggests he might not believe it's a witch hunt after all.

The very makeup of the election infrastructure — decentralized and different in every state — provides some protection against hacking efforts. Putin denied meddling in the election.

Last Thursday, Rubio and Van Hollen, noting the "urgency of the challenge before our nation", wrote to the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees pressing them to hold hearings on the legislation before the start of an early August recess.

Even if state elections systems are better protected, other threats remain. The company would not disclose the candidates, citing privacy issues.

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.

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