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 Senator Graham says sanctions against Russia for meddling in US elections coming soon


A measure to punish Russia with sanctions for interfering in the 2016 presidential election is expected to be voted in the U.S. Senate this week.

President Donald Trump would be "betraying democracy" if he vetoes it, Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS, Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg.

Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on CBS's "Face the Nation'' on Sunday that Russia must face retribution for hacking into Democratic Party emails and other actions -- from providing arms to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers, to colluding to allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to keep chemical weapons and being complicit as those munitions were used against children.

Trump and all members of Congress should want to punish Russia for what they've done, and if the president rejects the bill his veto will be overridden, Graham said. "If the president doesn't sign this bill to punish Russia, he would be betraying democracy."

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"Mr. President, the Russians did this,'' Graham said. "You're the commander-in-chief. You need to stand up to Russia. We're never going to reset our relationship with Russia until we punish them for trying to destroy democracy, and that starts with more sanctions.''
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