Yesterday, 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted on charges of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. We’re now up to 35 indictments out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and it’s clear that Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election isn’t just a theory — it’s known fact that our democracy and our most fundamental right to cast a free vote are under attack by a foreign government.
If you remember, during a news conference in July 2016, Donald J. Trump made a direct appeal to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails and make them public. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said. As it turns out, that same day, the Russians made their first effort to break into the servers used by Secretary Clinton’s personal office, according to a sweeping 29-page indictment unsealed Friday by the special counsel’s office.
You may have seen multiple news interviews with a wide variety of individuals stressing – and demanding – that President Trump cancel his planned one-on-one closed-door meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday. I doubt he’ll listen.
The president has promised to raise the issue of meddling with Putin. Perhaps he can go much further and demand that Putin turn over the agents who carried out his directives to attack our democracy. I also doubt he’ll do this.
I find it extremely troubling that our president intends to meet Putin without any recorded evidence to support any assertions made following their closed-door session. What have you got to hide, Mr. President? The American people deserve to know what steps you intend to take to punish Mr. Putin for his attacks on our democracy, and what steps you intend to take to preserve the sanctity of our elections this Fall. As you know from your recent visit to Duluth, we’re having a primary election in the 8th District in just a few weeks. If you can’t or won’t take steps to secure our voting process then perhaps it’s best that you cancel your meeting in Helsinki.