Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Senate Backs Sanctions on Russian Federation over US Election Hacking


The Senate on June 15 voted 98-2 to pass the legislation, which will now be sent to the House of Representatives for approval before being sent to Trump for his signature.

A frequently polarized Senate has found common ground as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve a sweeping sanctions bill that uses an array of financial penalties to punish Iran and Russian Federation.

US intelligence chiefs have concluded that Russian Federation orchestrated a campaign to undermine the American election process that included espionage and cyber-attacks, as a means to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

The Senate was almost unanimous on Thursday passing a bill that would slap Russian Federation with new sanctions and give Congress the power to review any White House attempts to roll them back. "Any idea of the president that he can lift sanctions on his own for whatever reason are dashed by this legislation", CNN quotes Sen. Also included in the bill is an amendment strengthening sanctions for Russian officials who support cyberattacks against the USA and its allies.

President Trump is expected to meet Mr. Putin for the first time, ahead of G20 meeting.

The addition came with the White House deeply embroiled in crisis over whether Trump's campaign team colluded with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.

"Russia is still associated with Trump, with the mechanics of his election".

Asked where Tillerson stood on the legislation, Corker said he wasn't sure, but noted that the bill "strikes a great balance" between executive and legislative power.

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The Senate-passed sanctions bill also converts existing penalties against Moscow into law, potentially making them more hard to remove, and prevents the Trump administration from returning two Russian diplomatic compounds seized in December by the Obama administration as punishment for alleged electoral disruption. Paul's vote was unsurprising, as he'd also opposed yesterday's amendment on adding Russian Federation sanctions to the bill. Sen.

"Today the United States Senate is asserting its responsibilities as it relates to foreign policy", Corker added on the Senate floor. "It provides for actors undermining cyber security being subject to sanctions".

The investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 United States election took another turn, as the Washington Post reported Wednesday that Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice.

Senators insisted the new Iran sanctions won't undermine or impede enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal that Obama and other countries reached with Tehran two years ago.

In November, Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei threatened us leaders that his country would react if sanctions were passed against his terrorist regime.

This bill still must go to the House for consideration; it's not clear whether it will be advanced by GOP leaders there, as the Trump Administration is not pleased with some of the details.

Corker told reporters that "I only have talked a little bit with" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who testified twice this week that the White House would prefer "flexibility" to adjust Russian Federation sanctions as needed.

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