Report: Russia targets more US officials with visa ban over Ukraine

 

Russia expanded its retaliatory visa bans to include about a dozen more U.S. officials, including senators, congressmen and even a handful of President Obama's campaign bundlers, according to a Friday report.

The Daily Beast reported the expanded list comes after the United States issued its third round of sanctions against Russian officials and businesses in the country earlier this week due to its failure to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.

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Though the names remain undisclosed, the Beast, citing diplomatic sources, said the Obama bundlers were picked with a focus on ties to the gay and lesbian community. The United States has continuously criticized Russia for its restrictive laws targeting the gay community, especially leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year. 

Most U.S. officials who received visa bans to Russia in March said they took pride in being named to the list, which included Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio). 

“The Speaker is proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression," said BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE spokesman Michael Steel at the time. 

Other officials on the March list were deputy national security adviser for international economics Caroline Atkinson, senior White House adviser Daniel Pfeiffer, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Menendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (D-N.J.) and Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.), John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: Pentagon lifts transgender ban | Navy says Iran broke law by detaining sailors Gingrich, Christie top Trump’s VP list: report Woman pushes Trump to ban Muslims from TSA MORE (R-Ariz.) and Dan CoatsDan CoatsBipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate panel advances nominee who Democrats blasted on Social Security Lobbying World MORE (R-Ind.).