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Trump Should Cancel Putin Summit Over Indictments, Democrats Say

14 July 2018

Sen. Mark Warner: "If the President won't make Russia's attack on our election the #1 issue at the summit, then it should be canceled".

"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement.

While not expressing outright support for the meeting with Russian Federation, which is to take place on Monday, McCain said Thursday that that summit represented an opportunity for Trump "to demonstrate his willingness to defend America" against its adversaries.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that Russian intelligence agents stole information on 500,000 US voters after hacking a state USA election board. "And, today, Special Counsel Mueller indicted twelve Russian military officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee - a direct attack on our democracy". Putin has denied meddling in the election when Trump raised it before.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Friday called on President Donald Trump to consider canceling his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland after new indictments in the special counsel probe headed by Robert Mueller.

"The US intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the US", he said in a statement. There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

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The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. The indictment does not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking efforts or that any American was knowingly in contact with Russian intelligence officers.

The indictment also does not allege that any vote tallies were altered by hacking.

Rosenstein said the president had been briefed on the charges earlier this week.

The White House echoed some of those sentiments. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement that "all patriotic Americans" should know Putin is not "the President's buddy".

Some Democrats have already called on Trump to drop out of the meeting, and even John McCain said Trump shouldn't do it if he's "not prepared to hold Putin accountable". Instead "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial", Podesta said.