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Sens. Jeff Flake & Chris Coons Russia Resolution Blocked

21 July 2018

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 USA intelligence community's assessment that Russia, with Vladimir Putin pulling the strings, hacked the election and "reaffirm" that Russia should be "held accountable". Jeff Flake vowed to try again after the Senate blocked a vote Thursday on his resolution supporting USA intelligence agencies and rejecting Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections.

Notably, this measure is not legislation; it is a Senate resolution that would not become law.

The Kentucky Republican said he is not forgetting that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential race. "We will bring it back Tuesday of next week and I hope that those who objected will reconsider", Flake said at a news conference on Thursday in which he was accompanied by Coons.

It demands that Trump fully impose sanctions on Russia passed by Congress and fully cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

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

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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.

During his speech on the Senate floor, Jeff Flake criticized Trump's refusal to challenge Putin's denials and questioned why the President would ignore his own intelligence agencies finding, via Raw Story.

Besides demanding that Russian Federation be held accountable, the resolution also called for congressional hearings into the actual summit meeting, including "the release of relevant notes and information, to better understand the impact of the recent summit ... on the foreign policy and national security of the United States".

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

Sens. Jeff Flake & Chris Coons Russia Resolution Blocked