Sen. Jeff Flake Delivers Rebuke Of Trump-Putin Summit

Sen. Jeff Flake Delivers Rebuke Of Trump-Putin Summit

Senators Chris Coons, a Democrat, and Jeff Flake, a Republican have introduced a resolution that would support the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and beyond, agree with and support the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia, with Vladimir Putin pulling the strings, hacked the election and "reaffirm" that Russia should be "held accountable". The White House later said it did not support the proposal. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., implored his colleagues before his bipartisan resolution was shot down.

Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a floor speech Tuesday renewing efforts to garner support for his bipartisan legislation that outlines immediate sanctions for any country that the director of national intelligence concludes interfered in a USA election. Flake used the speech to attack President Trump directly and personally for Monday's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a speech on the Senate floor, Flake slammed Trump's refusal this week to say whether he believes his own intelligence agencies more than Putin when it comes to whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. But he said he believed the resolution would do more harm to U.S relations with other countries, and that the Senate would be better served to consider new sanctions beyond those authorized in a 2017 law, which the resolution said should be imposed immediately.

"While no vote tallies were changed in the 2016 presidential election, Russian cyber attacks and propaganda efforts undermined confidence in our democratic process". John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, objected.

"What the DETER Act does is it says, here is a list of sanctions, and these sanctions will go into effect immediately if the Director of National Intelligence, after intelligence assessment, determines that Russian Federation is once again interfering in our elections", Rubio said. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat. And that's why, you know, we've put together a bipartisan bill. Both are prominent Trump critics.

Flake's resolution would also call for "some kind of hearing or briefing by those involved" in the two-hour, one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki "to try to find out what happened in that private meeting", Flake said.

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Flake said from the floor that "empirical, objective truth has taken a beating over the past 18 months". "Passing this resolution will let our constituents, the administration, our allies and our adversaries know that here in the Senate, we do not entertain the deceit of dictators".

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"If President Trump won't confront Putin about interference in our elections and his destabilizing policies, Congress must act".

The resolution is the latest fallout from Monday's summit, where Trump downplayed the possibility that Russian Federation meddled in US elections, saying he believed Putin's "extremely strong and powerful denial" of his country's involvement. He doesn't need the approval of Republican voters who mostly support President Trump.

"The findings of our intelligence community regarding the Russian aggression are not matters of opinion, no matter how powerful and strong Putin's denial", Flake said.

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