Investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election are underway in both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, as well as the House Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the committee, commissioned the January 10 report shortly after the 2016 election, when several US intelligence agencies concluded that a Russian intelligence influence operation approved at the highest levels had tried to sway the election in Trump's favor through disinformation, fake social media accounts and cyberattacks that targeted the Democratic Party.
The report demands a more personal targeting of Putin's "personal corruption and wealth stored overseas", recommending that the USA "take steps with our European allies to cut off Mr. Putin and his inner circle from the global financial system".
If we fail to respond with the urgency this threat requires, the regime in Moscow will be further emboldened - not just to undermine European stability but to build on its success in interfering in our 2016 presidential election by undermining the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election. The report says Putin has worked to develop such key dependencies to make countries vulnerable to political manipulation.
Cardin released a report prepared by the committee's Democratic staff members that accused Russian Federation of mounting a protracted assault on democracy at home and overseas, and urged a multi-pronged counter-strategy that begins with USA presidential leadership. Congressional staffers relied primarily on media reports and other public records to detail Russian interference in Sweden, Montenegro, Estonia and Ukraine. "I believe him.", that helps Putin.
Cardin, who is up for re-election in November, would become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee if Democrats gain the majority in the Senate.
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Asked about the prospect for improved relations, Putin said it was up to Washington.
The report includes more than 30 recommendations that would involve the US, EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation taking action against Russian Federation.
"While we will review the report in its entirety, including its recommendations, no further full committee activity is planned at this time", spokesman Micah Johnson told the network.
It said: "Within the European Union and NATO, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is perhaps the most supportive leader of Putin, his style of leadership, and his worldview". The State Department missed its first deadline on those sanctions, and lawmakers are watching closely to see whether the administration complies promptly.
The report, a year in the making, is meant to ratchet up pressure on Trump, who has repeatedly skirted questions about Russia's election meddling.
More generally, the report says Putin views transparent democratic governments characterized by a free press, the rule of law and participatory citizens as a hindrance to the spread of corruption outside of Russian Federation, which limits the opportunities for Putin and his inner circle to further enrich themselves.
While the USA has what the report calls "a patchwork" of offices and programs working on efforts that could help counter Russia's election interference, it doesn't have the coordinated approach that the report calls for: a "fusion" center that brings different elements of government together to address the threat, much like the National Counterterrorism Center.
"This is not a report on the hacking of the 2016 [U.S.] election". "We can learn from Europe", a Democratic aide said. This renewed focus included propaganda, support for NGOs and political parties, and culminated in an alleged Russian effort to overthrow the government following the 2016 parliamentary election. Spain has led Europe in cracking down on Russian-based organized crime groups.