A group of 140 House Democrats led by New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, calling on him to implement overwhelmingly bipartisan sanctions on Russia in response to its 2016 election interference.
“Your actions over the last year have shown that you will constantly excuse President [Vladimir] Putin and deny his well established assistance to your campaign in 2016,” the letter states.
“With this latest action, you are ignoring the law and the prerogatives of a coequal branch of government and letting Russia know you will do nothing to stop additional interference in our elections,” it continues.
The Hill added:
The deadline to implement those sanctions came and went in January. The Trump administration reasoned that there was no need to impose the sanctions because the threat of sanctions served as enough of a deterrent.
The decision drew blowback from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who called the decision “perplexing” and “disappointing.”
The U.S. intelligence community has established that Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller filed charges last month against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations in connection to that influence campaign.
Trump has vowed to counteract any Russian election interference efforts “very strongly.”