Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation

Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation

Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation

"Russia's attacks on our 2016 election were attacks on all of us - Republicans and Democrats".

Mr. Flake and Mr. Coons offered up the non-binding resolution after President Trump stood beside Russian President Vladimir earlier in the week and rejected the findings of USA intelligence regarding Moscow's election tampering.

Sanders will speak on the Senate floor regarding the resolution at 11:20 a.m. today.

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).

The resolution also calls for the Senate to commit to safeguard the USA election system, protect the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and demand that President Donald Trump cooperate with the investigation.

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"By choosing to reject objective reality in Helsinki, the president let down the free world by giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy", Flake said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"I think it's regrettable that this was objected to".

"Trump derangement syndrome has officially come to the Senate", Paul declared. "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.

When asked about the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the election, Trump suggested he agreed with Putin's long-held denial: "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation", he said.

The retiring Senator has reserved his harshest takedown of Trump for his Helsinki performance where he used the constitutional definition of treason to describes the President backing Putin's denials of Russian meddling. Both are prominent Trump critics.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) (left) and Sen.

Trump quickly backpedaled, saying Tuesday that he misspoke when asked during the summit about Russian election interference. "I hope the president will take the word of our intelligence agencies rather than the empty words of a dictator".

The resolution reads in part, "This body must reaffirm that we stand with the men and women of the Department of Justice, who have brought these 12 indictments against individuals from the Russian Federation who interfered with our elections", said Flake.

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

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

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