Schumer: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin
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Several congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (N.Y.), on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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 RosensteinDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of 'political circus' Flynn provided details in Mueller's obstruction inquiry, new memo shows MORE announced the indictments — part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) 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 ReedLet's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens HUD chief Carson broke law with unauthorized purchases, GAO says Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to border wall | Dems blast move | House Dem pushes Pelosi to sue over Trump's Yemen veto MORE (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Swalwell pledges to appoint Supreme Court justices who defend Roe v. Wade 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults 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 probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement Pelosi defends working with Trump on infrastructure plan John Oliver rips Dem lawmaker's 'pathetic' KFC chicken stunt at Barr 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.

Not every Democrat immediately called for Trump to cancel the meeting. House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' MORE (D-Calif.) said after the news of the indictments the stakes for the meeting "could not be higher."

"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 LeahyOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Graham, Leahy request briefing on decision to yank personnel from Iraq 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.