Several congressional Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump’s latest win: More Americans are saying, ‘I quit!’ San Francisco Fed economists: GOP tax law will boost economy less than expected Red state Democrats will vote on Supreme Court pick to stay alive MORE (N.Y.), on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE to cancel a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
“Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer said in a statement. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGOP lawmaker: Accusations against Jim Jordan come from ‘deep state’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution Rosenstein asks federal prosecutors for help in review of Kavanaugh documents: report MORE announced the indictments — part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s probe into Russia’s election meddling — at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
“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,” Schumer added in his statement.
The indictments come three days before Trump is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Putin in Helsinki on Monday. The sit-down had already sparked concerns among U.S. allies, and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that the president could agree to concessions as part of the talks.
Schumer isn’t the only Democrat calling on Trump to nix the meeting with Putin in the wake of the indictments.
“In light of this stunning indictment by the Justice Department that these Russian conspirators attacked our democracy and were communicating with Americans to interfere in our election, President Trump should immediately cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin,” said Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenate votes to support NATO ahead of Trump summit Trump tensions peak ahead of NATO summit Overnight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council MORE (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial FBI agent The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Panel strikes down Dem motion to subpoena Bannon in testy hearing MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Trump should cancel the meeting if he isn’t willing to confront Putin about the indictments.
Meanwhile, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenGOP advances bill demanding documents from FBI Dems rip Trump concessions, ’embarrassing’ rhetoric with Kim Lawmakers spar at hearing over census citizenship question MORE (D-Tenn.) said Trump should cancel the meeting, adding that Putin has “consistently lied” about election interference.
Following AG #Rosenstein‘s announcement of #Mueller‘s newest #indictments against #Russian officials, I call on @realDonaldTrump to cancel his meeting w/#Putin,who has consistently lied about election interference.
They are attacking our country, Mr. President. Enough is enough.
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 13, 2018
At Friday’s press conference, Rosenstein said Trump is “fully aware” of the indictments and was briefed on the matter earlier this week.
Trump promised on Friday, before Rosenstein’s press conference, that he would “firmly ask the question” about election interference in his meeting with Putin.
“President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy,” she said.
Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph Leahy‘Minibus’ spending conference committee abruptly canceled Violence in Myanmar poses major test for Facebook Creates Act will bring lower priced prescription drugs to market for hardworking Americans MORE (D-Vt.), a former chairman and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that Trump “should know that Putin is going to lie to his face” about Russian election meddling.