McCain to Trump: Cancel meeting if you won't hold Putin accountable
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GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (Ariz.) on Friday said that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE isn't prepared to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin "accountable" for aggression toward the U.S. then he should cancel their meeting next week. 

"President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward," McCain said in a statement.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit McCabe: Trump 'may have' committed a crime in blocking Russia probe MORE announced on Friday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The indictment comes three days before a planned one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

Rosenstein told reporters that Trump had been briefed on the issue earlier this week and Trump on Friday, before Rosenstein's announcement, said he would raise the issue of election interference with Putin during their meeting.

The indictments have sparked calls from top Democrats for Trump to cancel the meeting. McCain is the first GOP senator to specifically float that Trump cancel it in the wake of the indictment, though GOP Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE (R-Neb.) separately said the indictment reiterated that Moscow is not America's "buddy."

McCain added on Friday that the indictments were the latest in a "body of evidence confirming an extensive plot" by Putin's government to influence the election and "sow chaos and dissension" within America.

"Despite repeated warnings from our nation’s top intelligence and military leaders, the Kremlin's efforts to weaken our institutions have continued unabated with insufficient action taken by the administration or Congress to strengthen our cyber defenses, safeguard our election systems, and deter further destabilizing activities," he said.