Rubio, Warner Stress Election Security After Trump-Putin Summit

Rubio, Warner Stress Election Security After Trump-Putin Summit

Rubio, Warner Stress Election Security After Trump-Putin Summit

President Donald Trump, a week after downplaying Russian interference in USA elections, said Tuesday he is "very concerned" that Russia will look to impact the 2018 midterm elections and said he believes Moscow will look to boost Democrats this time. Just hours before, Trump had stood beside Putin in Helsinki and expressed doubts about whether Russia interfered with the US election in 2016, despite the fact that the US Department of Justice issued against a dozen Russian intelligence agents last week. Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement Tuesday as Congress struggles to respond to Trump's shifting views on Russian interference in USA elections.

A bipartisan group of senators, led by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, is pushing "DETER Act" legislation putting Putin on notice that his country would be slammed with a torrent of USA sanctions if Russian Federation interfered in any future American election.

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election". But he added "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is surrounded by reporters as they ask him questions regarding the Trump-Putin meeting on July 17, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

They also added that "like Vladimir Putin, who has made clear his intention to challenge USA power", US needs to make clear that they will defend their nation and to prevent Russian Federation from "the hollowing of Western democracy".

"We are fully committed to ensuring Congress maintains an active role in both confronting Russian aggression and ensuring that the Executive Branch takes the necessary steps to protect the USA and our allies", the senators said in a joint statement released Tuesday.

Representative Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned the wisdom of Mr Putin being ushered into the White House.

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Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina criticized Trump directly. Trump partially walked back his comments after returning to the U.S.by saying he misspoke when he said he didn't see why "it would be Russian Federation". "The issue of meddling is one thing, the issue of the president colluding is another and that is indeed a witch hunt". In 2016, he repeatedly claimed the election was "rigged". Democrats want to continue the money through 2019, but Republicans have said new spending isn't needed.

American politicians and most of the world media called the results of the negotiations failed to trump U.S. President accused of weakness and betrayal of the interests of the country.

Then-FBI Director James Comey told the House intelligence committee in March of 2017 that Russian cyber operatives also targeted the Republican Party or related organizations or people at the same time they were accessing the systems of Democrats to hurt Clinton.

"DHS has made tremendous strides and is committed to working collaboratively with those on the front lines of administering our elections to secure election infrastructure from risks", Krebs said.

He said he had told Mr Putin the United States would not tolerate any future interference in its elections.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is planning to hold hearings on: the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); the broad challenges ahead for US policy toward Russia; Russia's current activities in Syria; and arms control issues, including Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces.

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