GOP senator on indictments: 'Mueller just put Moscow on notice'
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseIt's time to empower military families with education freedom Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lauds tariffs on China while backtracking from more MORE (R-Neb.) said Friday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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.


The special counsel's team said in the indictment the efforts were aimed at helping President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's campaign and harming his opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials 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.