Schumer: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin
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Several congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (N.Y.), on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE to cancel a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

"Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections," Schumer said in a statement. "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy."

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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' CNN: DOJ preparing to announce end of Mueller probe as soon as next week MORE announced the indictments — part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election meddling — at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

“These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win," Schumer added in his statement.

The indictments come days before Trump is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. The sit-down had already sparked concerns among U.S. allies, and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that Trump could agree to concessions as part of the talks.

Schumer isn't the only Democrat calling on Trump to nix the meeting with Putin in the wake of the indictments.

“In light of this stunning indictment by the Justice Department that these Russian conspirators attacked our democracy and were communicating with Americans to interfere in our election, President Trump should immediately cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin," said Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedPapering over climate change impacts is indefensible Why Democrats are pushing for a new nuclear policy GOP chairman: US military may have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia does MORE (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Democratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Trump should cancel the meeting if he isn't willing to confront Putin about the indictments.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing MORE (D-Tenn.) said Trump should cancel the meeting, adding that Putin has "consistently lied" about election interference.

At Friday's press conference, Rosenstein said Trump is "fully aware" of the indictments and was briefed on the matter earlier this week.

Trump promised on Friday, before Rosenstein's press conference, that he would "firmly ask the question" about election interference in his meeting with Putin.

"President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy," she said.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? Leahy endorses Sanders for president ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (D-Vt.), a former chairman and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that Trump "should know that Putin is going to lie to his face" about Russian election meddling.