July 13, 2018

Duckworth: Russia Must Be Held Accountable for Attacks on America, Trump Must Cancel Putin Summit


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – After the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted 12 Russian military officers for interfering in the 2016 election with cyberattacks on Democrats, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement:

“These indictments could not be clearer. American democracy was the target of a careful, systematic and intentional attack aimed at undermining the bedrock of our democracy: free and open elections without foreign interference. 

“Today’s indictments and Russia’s actions transcend political party and should trouble all Americans and democracies around the world. Russia must be held accountable for their outrageous, unprecedented attacks on our nation. We must bring to bear the full force of U.S. sanctions against Russia as well as consider their expansion against broader sectors of the Russian economy. Donald Trump must immediately cancel his planned summit with Vladimir Putin until Russia demonstrates its willingness to come back into the community of nations that respect the rule of law, legal norms and democratic institutions. 

“Patriotic Americans have defended our democracy against foreign adversaries—and won—since our founding. We can do so again if we all put country ahead of party as we confront Russian aggression in this new generation and on this new battleground.”