Schumer, Cardin to introduce legislation on Russia sanctions

Schumer, Cardin to introduce legislation on Russia sanctions
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Senate Minority Leader Chalres Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he has bipartisan support for a bill that would require President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE to go through Congress before lifting any sanctions on Russia.

Schumer told ABC’s “This Week” that Republican Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamQuestions mount over Trump-Putin discussions The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (S.C.) both support the legislation, which the minority leader plans to introduce this week with Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Juan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins Senate passes resolution honoring victims of Capital Gazette shooting MORE (D-Md.).

McCain and Graham, who have both been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have expressed concern over Trump suggesting he is open to warmer relations with the Kremlin.

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“And for us to repeal sanctions, given what Russia has done in Ukraine and threatened the Baltics and, now, they have clearly tried to intervene in our election — whether it had an effect or not ... that’s a danger that we have never faced to this extent in American history,” Schumer said.

The U.S. intelligence community earlier this month released a report that concluded Putin called for an influence campaign aimed at helping Trump win the White House. 

Cardin, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in December that he would introduce sanctions against Russia over its interference in the United States election, in addition to its role in the Syrian war and the conflict in Ukraine. 

"The executive branch has acted, but it is imperative the legislative branch now pick up the ball and move it forward. Congressional sanctions can complement and strengthen these new executive sanctions," Cardin said at the time.