Dems warn of Russian election interference across Europe

Dems warn of Russian election interference across Europe
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Congressional Democrats are warning in a new report about Russian election interference across Europe.

The report also says President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE has not proposed a plan to ensure U.S. elections remain free of Russian interference, according to The Associated Press, which obtained a copy ahead of its public release.

“Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,” says the report, which addresses Russian election interference in democracies since the 2016 presidential race.


It was spearheaded by Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Dem senator: Trump accepts Saudi denials because he is 'enamored' with dictators Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (Md.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was not signed by any Republicans on the committee, according to the AP.

Cardin explained the report is an effort for Americans to understand the "true scope and scale" of attempts from Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine democracy.

“While President Trump stands practically idle, Mr. Putin continues to refine his asymmetric arsenal and look for future opportunities to disrupt governance and erode support for the democratic and international institutions that the United States and Europe have built over the last 70 years,” Cardin said in a statement, according to the AP.

He accuses Putin of "relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States."

The report also calls for committee hearings and for the U.S. to take other steps to help countries in Europe safeguard against Russian election interference.

The report, which calls Russia's behavior "asymmetric assault on democracy," recommends some policy changes, such as financial sanctions against Russia.

There are currently multiple investigations into Russian election interference. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is leading a Justice Department probe into Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Russia probe as a witch hunt and denied collusion.

In November, after Trump met with Putin, Trump said Putin told him "he didn't meddle."

“I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it," Trump said at the time.

Still, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US State Dept. denies report Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi's murder The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE said this past weekend he continues to be concerned "not only about the Russians but about others' efforts as well."