Schumer: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin
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Several congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE (N.Y.), on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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 RosensteinSenate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election McConnell embraces subpoena of Obama-era officials MORE announced the indictments — part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 ReedOvernight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty On The Money: Powell, Mnuchin split on benefits of easing COVID-19 restrictions | Warren, Mnuchin spar over Treasury's 0B bailout fund | Fight emerges over unemployment benefits in next relief bill MORE (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state Swalwell launching voter registration push 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 CohenHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Frontier drops planned fees for social distancing on flights after criticism More resources for the Legal Services Corporation are needed as the pandemic continues 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 PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response 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 LeahyThis week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting The House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal 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.