United States lawmakers to introduce new bill to sanction Russian Federation

Trump partially walked back his comments after returning to the U.S.by saying he misspoke when he said he didn't see why "it would be Russian Federation". Aware the USA could ill-afford to lose the multi-billion deals, Sitharaman said the S-400 missile deal with Russian Federation would go on as per plan.

Trump also insisted that he simply misspoke when he stated at a press conference with Putin in Helsinki that he didn't believe Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 race.

Graham and Menendez said in a joint statement that just as Putin has sought to challenge USA power and influence, "The United States must make it abundantly clear that we will defend our nation and not waver in our rejection of his effort to erode Western democracy".

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election". But he said, without offering evidence, "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have secured an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the USA, but he will not receive a similar offer from White House allies on Capitol Hill, according to Republican congressional leaders.

Trump, who has offered mixed messages on Russian interference in US elections — at times even calling it a "hoax" — acknowledged in a tweet that the midterms are a likely target.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) last week tasked them to hold hearings on beefing up the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)", the bipartisan bill which the Senate and House passed in August 2017, thinking thereby that they had blocked President Trump's ability to do what he just did towards reestablishing friendly relations with Russian Federation.

Lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns about Trump's approach to the Russian leader.

Two key senators are joining forces on bipartisan legislation to protect North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and impose new sanctions on Russia after President Donald Trump's recent foreign trip, which included a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in Washington that the warning lights are "blinking red" about foreign interference, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a warning of his own last week at the Aspen Security Forum.

Democrats need to take just two seats in the Senate in November to gain a majority.

In Wednesday's White House statement, Bolton indicated the Mueller probe would be over by January 1.

Many Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing Trump's summit performance.

Rubio is part of the Senate Intelligence Committee and urges the U.S.to prevent future attacks from Russian intelligence, citing that the discoveries made by Robert Mueller and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are "100 percent accurate".

Last week, the story ran again in microcosm over the course of several days: In Finland with Putin, he said he didn't see any reason why it had been the Russians that interfered in 2016. Trump has since clarified his remarks to side with the intelligence community.

Corker and Sen Crapo, who is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said. They asked for more questioning, more documents and more money for states to secure their election infrastructure. "They did it the last time".

Recall, July 16, in Helsinki behind closed doors had an official meeting Donald trump and Vladimir Putin.