Russian Federation will push hard for Democrats in November election

US lawmakers to introduce new bill to sanction Russia

He tweeted before the summit that, "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity".

Putin has denied that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election after the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered through cyber attacks and social media in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy. And if he says that, I would accept that.

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.

President Donald Trump says he's "very concerned" that Russian Federation will try to meddle in November's midterm elections to help Democrats win.

On July 19, amid the controversy over Trump's comments in Helsinki, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the president directed Bolton to "invite President Putin to Washington in the fall". 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 USA presidential election. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the president tweeted on Tuesday, before giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

In May, the US Treasury Department prolonged sanctions already in place against a number of Russian companies until the end of October this year, Sputnik recalls. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, that would immediately impose wide-ranging sanctions on Russian economic sectors should the director of national intelligence conclude Russia interfered in future elections.

In Wednesday's White House statement, Bolton indicated the Mueller probe would be over by January 1.




Trump came under widespread criticism following his handling of a summit with NATO's leaders and his meeting last week with Putin.

Corker is pushing for sanctions against the 12 Russian intelligence officials who hacked into Democratic National Committee computers during the 2016 presidential election.

The legislation, deep inside a massive bill authorizing US military programs, still has to be approved by the full House and Senate. Trump's comments provoked widespread outrage, since the American intelligence community had concluded Putin directed operations created to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

They could begin to do so, or unleash the results of ongoing cyberattacks or take some other action between now and Election Day - for example, try to increase the volume on political controversy inside the United States by using Twitter and Facebook and other social networks as was the case in 2016.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, also a Republican, said on Thursday Putin would not be invited to address a joint session of Congress if he accepts Trump's invitation to visit, saying that was an honor reserved for allies.

The Banking Committee will look at legislation that would strengthen sanctions beyond the penalties that Congress voted overwhelmingly previous year to impose.

Graham insists that the sanctions should be prepared before the possible meeting of Trump and Putin in Washington.

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