Top Dem lawmaker sees bipartisan support for stronger sanctions on Russia

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop intelligence community lawyer leaving position Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that there is bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions on Russia.

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC’s “This Week” that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE would be “smart” to accept the sanctions President Obama imposed on Russia for meddling in the U.S. election.

“If the Trump folks are smart or shrewd politically, they would view it that way. They would say, ‘Look, he took care of the reprisals. It really didn’t throw off relations with Russia in terms of how I’m going to start my presidency. He cleaned the deck for me.’ ”

Schiff said, however, that Congress does not share that view.


“We think that more has to be done. We don’t think that, frankly, the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent.”

Schiff said there is bipartisan support in Congress for more sanctions against Russia. He also predicted that action would be “even more vigorous” if Trump moves to undo what President Obama has done.

“You’re going to see Republicans like [Sen. John] McCain and [Sen. Lindsey] Graham and others come together with a strong sanctions package.”