Monday, 24 September 2018
Latest news
Main » Congress to Trump: Cancel Putin summit after new Mueller indictments

Congress to Trump: Cancel Putin summit after new Mueller indictments

14 July 2018

"T$3 hese Russian conspirators attacked our democracy and were communicating with Americans to interfere in our election".

The Russian intelligence officers were charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign - the latest charges brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"President Obama knew about the meddling [in the election] but did nothing about it", McEnany added.

"President Trump's continued refusal to condemn the Russians' attacks on our democracy, even after Special Counsel Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election, makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and unsafe", Pelosi said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday said the summit was still moving forward and there were no plans to cancel it.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", the New York Democrat said.

The indictments come just days before the president is scheduled to hold a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward.

"If [Trump] and his team are not willing to make the facts of this indictment a top priority of the meeting with Putin, then he needs to cancel it - the Helsinki summit", Warner added.

The fresh indictments related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe come amid Trump's United Kingdom visit, and just hours after he once again called the investigation a "witch hunt". "We should stand united against Putin's past and planned future attacks against us".

Rosenstein said the president had been briefed on the charges earlier this week. "But I'll very firmly ask the question". "'I know you did it and if you continue to do it, we'll never have a good relationship'".

So how does Rosenberg advise President Trump to approach his upcoming meeting with Putin? After meeting with the Russian leader in November 2017, Trump said of Russia's meddling, "Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that, ' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it".

Similarly, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump should cancel the meeting and that it should not be in a one-on-one setting.