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U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

 

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a news conference after the final vote on the war powers resolution regarding potential military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. Democrats said on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration should immediately impose sanctions on Russia after U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia appeared to be trying to influence this year's U.S. election.

 

Senators Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez and Sherrod Brown wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding that the administration "immediately and forcefully" put sanctions on the government in Moscow and any Russians involved in election interference.

 

A congressional source told Reuters on Friday that intelligence officials had told lawmakers that Russia appeared to be engaging in disinformation and propaganda campaigns to help both Democratic presidential challenger Bernie Sanders and Trump, who is seeking re-election in November.

 

The Kremlin on Friday denied interference.

 

U.S. law allows the administration to propose sanctions on Moscow in response to election interference.

 

Congress passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, in 2017 partly in response to the intelligence community's finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House. Moscow denies that allegation and Trump has repeatedly questioned the finding.

 

In the letter released on Monday, the three senators urged Pompeo and Mnuchin to move swiftly to impose sanctions.

 

"Doing anything less would be an abdication of your responsibility to protect and defend the US from this serious threat to our national security, and to the integrity of our electoral process," they wrote.

 

The White House, State Department and Treasury did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Schumer is the Senate Democratic leader. Menendez and Brown are the top Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking committees, which oversee sanctions policy.

 

Trump replaced acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire with U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell last week. According to media reports, Trump was annoyed by the briefing to lawmakers about Russian interference.

 

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

The Kremlin on Friday denied interference.

Trump agrees wholeheartedly like he did in Helsinki and he will continue to fire the DNI director until he hears what he want. 

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Seems reasonable. Evidence russia interfering deserves sanctions.

 

What are repubs afraid of.

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2 hours ago, Sujo said:

Seems reasonable. Evidence russia interfering deserves sanctions.

 

What are repubs afraid of.

They’re afraid of a fair election. 

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1 hour ago, CaptRon2 said:

Please show us where in this article it says the Republicans are afraid of sanctions, but by all means just continue to make things up.

The Democrats are so screwed up they present little (if ny threat) in the 2020 elections. They have accomplished nothing in the past three years, there constant failed underhanded tactics have cost them any credibility they once had, and they don’t have a legitimate candidate. 

Whats to be afraid off? 

"They have accomplished nothing in the past three years" - neither has Trump, or his treacherous sycophants, you big talking man, you! 

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41 minutes ago, Bundooman said:

"They have accomplished nothing in the past three years" - neither has Trump, or his treacherous sycophants, you big talking man, you! 

To use your own words, There's none so blind that cannot see.

Open thine eyes! Having accomplishing that do a Google search on Trumps accomplishments. Try to give yourself a little extra time, it’s a lengthy read.

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5 hours ago, Sujo said:

Seems reasonable. Evidence russia interfering deserves sanctions.

 

What are repubs afraid of.

 

Have the intelligence services provided irrefutable evidence of interference? And the detail of what it is?

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3 hours ago, CaptRon2 said:

Totally malicious, untrue statement, Please provide proof of President Trump cheating in elections.

i think starting and spreading untrue rumors about a political opponent is a true example of cheating, but if your a Democrat it seems that is all you have left.

if you are going to make serious accusations, try supporting your statements with some credible references.

Ok skipper here ya go russa are you listening?how can we forget the helinskey fiasco and on and on and on the asking foreign governments for information against political rivals when someone speaks truth to power their careers are ruined ya know that kinda stuff kinda tends to get the alarm bell going wake up this isent about republican or Democrat it’s about democracy and rule of law it’s not about pushing emotional buttons and perceived wrongs

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