The Republican-dominated Senate has been walking in lock-step with Donald Trump down a path toward a political implosion. People had begun to question where their patriotism was, as the senators allowed Russia to manipulate the president while he damaged the pillars of U.S. governmental institutions. Then, this happened.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, senators introduced a new bill that would handicap the Russians for their attack on the nation’s presidential elections. This attack has continued to this day, when the U.S. has fast approached the midterm election.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the existing sanctions have “failed,” Reuters reported:
‘The current sanctions regime has failed to deter Russia from meddling in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.’
For some reason, POTUS has refused to impose sanctions upon the country of his pal, Russian president Vladimir Putin. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said that Trump still has not fully implemented the sanctions Congress passed against Russia a year ago, according to Reuters:
‘This bill is the next step in tightening the screws on the Kremlin and will bring to bear the full condemnation of the United States Congress so that Putin finally understands that the U.S. will not tolerate his behavior any longer.’
The new bill restricted Russian access to money generated by energy and other projects. Moscow would lose on its uranium imports, too. These restrictions would greatly hamper Russia’s oligarchs and politicians.
In addition, the sanctions would better contain Russian’s illegal activities in both the Crimea annexation and attacks in Syria. Trump has been remarkably silent on these. Others have speculated that both Trump and Putin entered into the private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Poland unfavorable to the U.S. interests.
Special Council Robert Mueller began the trial of the first individual, former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort. This trial was the result of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the U.S. elections and any conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It appeared as if the commander-in-chief has been feeling cornered by Mueller’s investigation, especially with Manafort in the hot seat. The president tweeted that his Attorney General Jeff Sessions should halt the investigation “right now:”
‘This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!’
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