McCain to Trump: Cancel meeting if you won't hold Putin accountable
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GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (Ariz.) on Friday said that if President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE announced on Friday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 SasseBen SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay CBO releases cost estimate of Biden plan Real conservatives must make a choice 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.