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 ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio). 

“The Speaker is proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression," said BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery 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 (Bob) MenendezSenate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case Menendez jury deadlocked, ordered to keep trying MORE (D-N.J.) and Sens. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' MORE (D-La.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsNational counterterrorism chief to retire at the end of year Former intel chief Hayden: Think twice on a Trump job offer Counterintelligence needs reboot for 21st century MORE (R-Ind.).