Sanders Introduces Resolution to Protect American Democracy from Russian Meddling
July 20, 2018
(NATIONAL) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) introduced a resolution Thursday to force members of the Senate to go on the record in accepting the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and acknowledging the looming threat of Russian interference in this year's midterm elections.
Bernie Sanders. Photo: Gage Skidmore
The resolution found here also calls for the Senate to commit to safeguard the U.S. election system, protect the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and demand that President Donald Trump cooperate with the investigation.
"If President Trump won't confront Putin about interference in our elections and his destabilizing policies, Congress must act. Tweets and speeches are fine, but we need more from Republican senators now," Sanders said. “If their leadership won’t allow votes on this extraordinarily important matter, then my Republican colleagues must join with Democrats to make it happen or all of their words are worthless.”
Sanders said that on Monday, President Trump “embarrassed and undermined the values of the United States” by openly siding with Russia’s authoritarian leader, Vladimir Putin, against the unanimous assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
In response to international backlash, President Trump claimed he misspoke and blamed the news media for reporting what he said, but still, according to Sanders, “sowed doubt about Russia’s electoral interference” by claiming it “could be other people also.”
“Trump’s constantly shifting answers indicate that he still does not fully acknowledge the threat to American democracy,” said a statement from Sanders’ office.