Cornyn Calls on Senate to Consider Russia Sanctions

Cornyn Calls on Senate to Consider Russia Sanctions

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) announced new cosponsors of the bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act, including U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington).

Sen. Jeff Flake -one of the President's fiercest critics- joined the liberal legislators and called for the interpreter to release her notes to Congressional investigators, saying "I would hope that those notes - all interpreters take notes - would be turned over..."

"This needs to be passed-the Senate needs to speak", Mr. Flake said in a statement. "In so doing, he dimmed the light of freedom ever so slightly in our own country".

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he and Sen.

His request came as he met with Sen. Trump had nominated the assistant U.S. attorney in OR to be a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "I was surprised that a senator objected".

Flake is calling for unanimous Senate support arguing that Russia's meddling is an attack on both Democrats and Republicans.

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In response to global backlash, President Trump claimed he misspoke and blamed the media for reporting what he said, but still sowed doubt about Russia's electoral interference by claiming it "could be other people also". "We must make sure Putin understands that we will not overlook his hostilities, and he will face punishing consequences if he tries to interfere in our elections again", said Senator Rubio. Some have shied away from action, anxious about how USA companies might be affected and how Trump might treat critics in an election year. After that position provoked criticism from across the political spectrum, Trump claimed on Tuesday that he misspoke and believes Russian Federation did interfere in the election.

After Cornyn said that more than a symbolic action was needed, an angry Flake said that "symbolism is important".

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Friday they plan to revive a non-binding resolution that failed to pass this week and that would have put the chamber on record as supporting the intelligence community and its findings that Russian interfered in the 2016 election.

Flake said what happened in Helskini, "ranging from heartbreak and horror" was "truly Orwellian".

"Ultimately, you're rendering yourself unable to tell the difference between the two", he said.

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