Schumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election

Schumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Esper says 'most believe' Beirut explosion was accident, contradicting Trump | Trump later says 'nobody knows yet' what happened in Lebanon | 61-year-old reservist ID'd as fourth military COVID-19 death Meadows defends Trump's description of Beirut explosion as an 'attack' Pompeo urges US companies to block downloads of Chinese apps MORE must warn Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe tragedy of Trump's foreign policy Steele's dossier: 'Clown show' or the greatest Russian coup? US 'deeply troubled' by escalating conflict in Libya MORE against meddling in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerGroup of GOP senators back more money for airlines to pay workers GOP super PAC launching August ad blitz Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-N.Y.) urged on Sunday.

“During your meeting with Vladimir Putin, it is critical that you warn him that any action to interfere in our elections will be met with an immediate and robust response,” Schumer wrote in a letter to Pompeo.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE’s approach to dealing with President Putin, especially on this vital issue, must change. I urge you to make absolutely clear to President Putin that interference in U.S. elections will not be tolerated.”

Pompeo is set to meet with Putin on Tuesday, the first major meeting of an administration official and the Russian president since the release 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 report, which documented extensive Russian efforts to disrupt and interfere in the 2016 election.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has also warned that the U.S. government should be prepared for another attack on American election systems in 2020.

“In recent weeks, the American people have heard yet again that Vladimir Putin directed a ‘sweeping and systematic’ attack on our democracy,” Schumer wrote.

“Even more recently, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the American people that the Russian efforts in the 2018 elections were just a dress rehearsal for 2020 and that we should be prepared for another active measures campaign to attack our election systems. Director Wray’s remarks should send a chill down all of our spines.”

Schumer last week was critical of Trump over his call with Putin after Trump said the two did not discuss Moscow’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.

"Instead of pressing Putin on the #MuellerReport's extensive evidence that Russia hacked our elections, They gossiped about Fox News conspiracy theories?" Schumer tweeted Friday night. "Trump’s priorities are appalling and undermine democracy."

Trump has routinely appeared skeptical of the intelligence community’s unanimous consensus that Moscow interfered in the 2016 race.