Sens. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (R-Ariz.) both urged a strong response to Russia's refusal to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

"They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They're always putting their finger in our eye," said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.

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Snowden has admitted to disclosing classified information detailing the NSA’s secret surveillance programs. He fled the U.S. to Hong Kong and then Moscow, to avoid prosecution.

Snowden, believed to be in the transit area of Moscow airport, is facing espionage charges in the U.S., but Russian President Vladimir Putin last week said that he was a “free man” and refused to honor an extradition request.

Schumer added that the U.S. should also consider imposing sanctions on Ecuador as well to dissuade the nation from providing asylum to Snowden.


Snowden has sought asylum from the South American country and Ecuador’s president said Saturday that Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing Trump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race MORE had called him personally to ask him not to provide refuge to the admitted leaker.

McCain said the U.S. should “deal realistically, not a return of the Cold War, but realistically with Vladimir Putin.”

The Arizona senator called Putin's refusal to expel Snowden "a direct slap in the face to America."