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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 PompeoMike PompeoPompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid Houthis: US sanctions prolonging war in Yemen China plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it MORE must warn Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHow to think about Russia Do Biden's 'tough new sanctions' give Putin Nord Stream 2? Russia vows retaliation for new US sanctions: 'We do not intend to put up with this' MORE against meddling in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.