Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday said the summit was still moving forward and there were no plans to cancel it.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", Schumer added.

"If [Trump] and his team are not willing to make the facts of this indictment a top priority of the meeting with Putin, then he needs to cancel it - the Helsinki summit", Warner added.

Trump is slated to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no statement immediately after the indictments were announced at the Justice Department.

"Will we be talking about meddling?"

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Friday called on President Donald Trump to consider canceling his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland after new indictments in the special counsel probe headed by Robert Mueller.

The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The Russians are charged with stealing user names and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta. The allegation was part of new charges Rosenstein announced against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.

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"It defies logic that Putin did not know of this and that Putin did not approve of it", he said. Instead "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial", Podesta said.

US and Russian officials have said next week's talks will touch on every major point of tension between the two countries - the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's saber-rattling toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and USA economic sanctions meant to punish Russia for its actions.

Rosenstein said the president had been briefed on the charges earlier this week. He may deny it, ' Trump said.

'I will absolutely bring that up. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess. I don't think he'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, ' Trump predicted of his meeting with the former KGB colonel.

On Friday, several Democratic leaders also weighed in, in some instances urging the president to consider canceling his summit with Putin.

"Today's indictment is a result of the hard work of America's law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm", McCain, who has been sidelined while battling cancer, said in a statement.

"Start treating Putin like you do with the Democrats - tough, strong, 'we're not going to take your nonsense", he said.

But just hours before Rosenstein's announcement, the president continued to say the investigation was a "witch hunt" and hurt the relationship between the USA and Russian Federation.

Other Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen.

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