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.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in connection with the hacking of Democratic Party institutions and Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
In the wake of the indictments, Republican Sen. John McCain said Trump "must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world."
"If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward," he added.
Similarly, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump should cancel the meeting and that it should not be in a one-on-one setting.
"If the President won't make Russia's attack on our election the #1 issue at the summit, then it should be canceled," Warner said.
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