U.S. senators push for sanctions against Russia, United States News & Top Stories

Posted July 27, 2018

McConnell said he and House Speaker Paul Ryan have made it clear that "Putin will not be welcome up here at the Capitol".

A pair of prominent Republican US senators said yesterday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russian Federation to discourage interference in upcoming elections. A USA legislation, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), says sanctions must be imposed against those dealing with Russian Federation.

But the U.S. Congress reached an agreement this week laying out conditions under which Trump can seek a waiver for allies. Last week, Microsoft officials said they had seen evidence that suggested phishing attacks were being directed at three candidates who are all standing for election in the midterm elections.

President Trump resumed acknowledging Russian election interference on Tuesday and said he fears that this year, it will benefit Democrats.

U.S. Senators Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Tuesday announced their committees will hold a series of hearings on Russian Federation. 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.

US intelligence and President Putin himself pointed to Republican favoritism, Trump suggested differently.

The legislation, deep inside a massive bill authorizing USA military programs, still has to be approved by the full House and Senate. It's being crafted after related proposals were blocked last week.

Instead, GOP leaders are considering new sanctions on Russian Federation. "Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats", Trump tweeted Tuesday.

McConnell declined to back up a tweet Trump sent Tuesday suggesting any potential Russian interference in the fall midterm elections would be created to favour Democrats. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the Republican president wrote on Twitter.

He doesn't explain his reasoning.

At the summit, the United States president also expressed doubt regarding the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, an allegation that Moscow has repeatedly denied.

But the next day, Trump replied "no" when asked if he believes Russian Federation is still targeting the USA - with the White House press secretary later claiming he was not responding to that question.

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

The issue of election meddling hung over last week's summit in Helsinki, with Trump during a news conference giving credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference despite the findings of the USA intelligence community.

Speaking before Congress is an honour often given to high-profile world leaders who come to Washington. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the Congress this spring.