GOP senator on indictments: 'Mueller just put Moscow on notice'
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Commerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to present case on abuse of power on trial's third day MORE (R-Neb.) said Friday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE "put Moscow on notice" with his investigative team's indictment of Russian individuals and entities who allegedly tried to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“Mueller just put Moscow on notice. This ought to be a wakeup call to Washington: Putin’s shadow war is aimed at undermining Americans’ trust in our institutions. We know Russia is coming back in 2018 and 2020 – we have to take this threat seriously," Sasse said in a statement.

Mueller's team brought charges against three Russian entities and 13 Russian nationals, alleging Russians took on the identities of real U.S. citizens to interfere in the 2016 election, an assessment similar to that previously reached by the U.S. intelligence community.

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The special counsel's team said in the indictment the efforts were aimed at helping President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE's campaign and harming his opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE, and that Russian operatives allegedly communicated with "unwitting individuals" associated with the Trump campaign.

Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in May that Russian tampering in American democracy "keeps me up at night" in regards to upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020.

“We know what the Russians are trying to do. We know that the technology around info-ops is getting better and better," he told NPR at the time.

Top U.S. intelligence officials testified before the Senate this week that intelligence agencies are expecting continued influence efforts by Russia in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.