Trump spoke at the Turning Point summit in front of a presidential seal doctored to include a Russian symbol. https://t.co/Uso0wvEUvY— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 25, 2019
Один из существенных моментов в показаниях Мюллера в Конгрессе - подтверждение того, что угроза российской атаки на американские выборы продолжается.
HURD: In your investigation, did you think this was a single attempt by the Russians to get involved in our election, or did you find evidence to suggest they'll try to do this again?
MUELLER: It wasn't a single attempt. They are doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign.
Robert Mueller on Russian interference: "They're doing it as we sit here. And they expect to do it during he next campaign." pic.twitter.com/NbYNUxypMZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2019
Как бы в подкрепление этих слов, комиссия Сената по разведке опубликовала первый том своего расследования под названием "RUSSIAN EFFORTS AGAINST ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE".
The Russian government directed extensive activity against U.S. election infrastructure. The Committee found the activity directed at the state and local level began in at least 2014 and carried into at least 2017. <...>
The United States must create effective deterrence. The United States should communicate to adversaries that it will view an attack on its election infrastructure as a hostile act and respond accordingly. The U.S. government should not limit its response to cyber activity; rather, it should create a menu of potential responses that will send a clear message and create significant costs for the perpetrator.
I went to the floor to demand that the Senate take action NOW to protect our elections.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 26, 2019
Mueller was absolutely clear that Putin is seeking to undermine our elections.
But still, still @SenateMajLdr McConnell stood in the way. pic.twitter.com/KSW8OxsKRZ
Республиканцы в Сенате, под руководством Митча Макконнелла и с поощрения Трампа, блокируют попытки принять законы о защите выборов. У демократических сенаторов нет возможности ставить законы на голосование кроме как просить, чтобы Сенат принял их единогласно. Это попытки легко блокируются - достаточно другому сенатору высказать возражение.
Даже простейшие законы, обязывающие президентские избирательные кампании докладывать об иностранных контактах в ФБР, были быстро заблокированы.
Wow. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee blocked a bill by Senator Mark Warner that required campaigns to report to the FBI when foreign governments offered assistance to them. The bill required unanimous consent to move ahead to the floor. This is beyond ridiculous.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 14, 2019
Democrats cited Mueller as they tried to get consent on Wednesday evening to pass their bills.
"Mr. Mueller's testimony should serve as a warning to every member of this body about what could happen in 2020, literally in our next elections," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He added that "unfortunately, in the nearly three years since we uncovered Russia's attack on our democracy, this body has not held a single vote on stand-alone legislation to protect our elections."
Warner tried to get consent to pass the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act by unanimous consent. Under Warner's bill, campaign officials would have to report contacts with foreign nationals who are trying to make campaign donations or coordinate with the campaign to the Federal Election Commission, which would in turn notify the FBI.
"If a foreign adversary tries to offer assistance to your campaign, your response should not be 'thank you.' Your response should be a moral obligation to tell the FBI," he said.
But Hyde-Smith objected to passing his legislation. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) similarly blocked the legislation in June, arguing that it was overly broad.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) tried to get consent to pass similar legislation that would require candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify the FBI of assistance offers.
"It differs in some technical aspects [from the Warner bill] … but it is the same idea because it codifies into law what is already a moral duty, a patriotic duty and basic common sense," Blumenthal said.
Hyde-Smith also objected to Blumenthal's bill.
What does #MoscowMitch fear from hardening our election security? Why is he taking the side of our adversaries? Why since 2016 has he refused to call out Moscow’s interference in our election? All Americans ought to be concerned about his obstruction, demand answers and a vote. https://t.co/48MtMQ3x2t— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) July 26, 2019
Пока MoscowMitch вышел на первое место в трендах Твиттера, демократические руководство Палаты представителей сделало первые шаги к импичменту Трампа.
Today, @HouseJudiciary is filing a petition for 6e grand jury materials where we made clear to the court that we are considering impeachment, along with other options, under our Article I powers. Congress must hold this President accountable. https://t.co/GCvkGdsGD0— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) July 26, 2019
На сегодняшний день начало процедуры импичмента публично поддержали более 100 членов Палаты представителей.
After the release of the Mueller report, 101 House Democrats say they support at least opening an impeachment inquiry into whether the president committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” That includes 15 of the 24 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee, which is where impeachment proceedings would start.