Trump says he won't turn 'Perry Mason' on Putin over election meddling

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez said it "defies logic that Putin did not know of this" and said that Mr. Trump's attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election - which led to the new charges announced Friday against Russian intelligence officers - has hurt the nation. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no statement immediately after the indictments were announced at the Justice Department. "'I know you did it and if you continue to do it, we'll never have a good relationship'". Putin has denied meddling in the election when Trump raised it before.

Sen. John McCain said Friday that the U.S. -Russia summit in Helsinki "should not move forward" unless President Trump is willing to hold Russian Federation accountable for political meddling.

In light of today's indictments, there should be no one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday.


Trump said Friday that he'll bring up the election interference he speaks with Putin, but that he doesn't expect an answer.

Among the Twitter reactions: Top Democrats are demanding that Trump call off the Putin summit - and not always in the most pleasant language. "I will absolutely, firmly ask the question and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation". Thus, on Saturday he will meet with the presidents of Palestine, Gabon, Sudan and Moldova.

But less than three hours later, the California Democrat joined the chorus of party members calling for the meeting to be canceled.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was Democratic National Committee chairwoman at the time of the hacking, issued a statement Friday that said the organization "was the first major target of the Russian attack on our democracy". It really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation.


Intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping Trump's presidential campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.

"Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy", Pelosi said in a statement.


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