Top Dem lawmaker sees bipartisan support for stronger sanctions on Russia

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests 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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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.

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“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.”