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14 July 2018, 09:54 | Glen Norman
Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a "stunning indictment" announced Friday against a dozen Russians for election-related offenses should precipitate calling off Trump's summit.
The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. They also allegedly hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an operation starting around March 2016.
"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".
"Mr. President, as today's indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: You interfered in our elections", Flake said on Twitter.
But less than three hours later, the California Democrat joined the chorus of party members calling for the meeting to be canceled.
The U.S. intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the U.S. This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality. "And he replied 'Because of the Mueller investigation.' No Mr. President, the reason why relations with Russian Federation are hard is because Russian Federation and its agents interfered dramatically in the 2016 elections".
Other Democrats joining the call to jettison the meeting included Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT and Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at first did not call for the Helsinki summit to be nixed, saying in a statement she wanted Trump to "demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy".