The announcement by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez follows last week's uproar after President Donald Trump stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and questioned the validity of the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Bloomberg reported.
American intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election with a campaign of propaganda and hacking to disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's candidacy, and that Moscow is now targeting the November 6 congressional races.
The U.S. intelligence community also proved that Russian agents attempted to meddle in the 2016 elections to benefit Republicans.
In Helsinki last week, Putin said he did want Trump to win the election because Trump had "talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal". But he said, without offering evidence, "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats". His reasoning? "They definitely don't want Trump". "That's pretty tough", Democratic Senator Chris Coons said in a hallway interview late last week with Reuters.
A United States legislation, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), says sanctions must be imposed against those dealing with Russian Federation. A pending proposal is also being pushed forward to sway the Trump administration to make these sanctions mandatory, as well as stricter repercussions for the Russian officials who interfered.
The bill would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation and require a Senate vote for any proposal to withdraw the USA from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
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On Putin, Ryan said: "We certainly will not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session".
"Now we need to wait for the dust to settle, but later it may be possible to discuss these issues in a businesslike manner, but not now", Ushakov said in remarks that were carried on state news agencies and other Russian news organizations. Perhaps to get ready to interfere in future elections, Collins guessed.
A US Congressional committee today proposed waivers for countries like India from punitive sanctions against those doing business with Russia's defence industry.
Last week, Corker and Crapo were asked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold hearings on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Shortly after Trump's appearance with Putin in Helsinki, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued an unusual statement reaffirming his view that Russia's election attacks are already ongoing - something Trump's post on Tuesday did not.
"The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said in a statement that was distributed to the White House press pool.