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Van Hollen: DETER Act Would Drop 'Guillotine' on Russia

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By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 11:49 AM

The indictments handed down on Friday makes legislation aiming at enacting immediate sanctions against Russia in the event of further election meddling even more important, one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, said Monday.

"We now know what we knew all along, obviously, that the Russians interfered in 2016," the Maryland Democrat said during a MSNBC "Morning Joe" panel discussion. 

"The last person on the planet to acknowledge that was, of course [President] Donald Trump, [who is] still having difficulty coming to grips from that."

Van Hollen is co-sponsoring the DETER (Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines) Act with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and said Monday that if the law is passed, Russia will face severe action. The proposed law also threatens other countries that might try similar actions.

"It says if they get caught again, if the director of national intelligence finds that they've interfered in the 2016 election or any elections going forward, that you have immediate, automatic nonwaivable sanctions," said Van Hollen, pointing out the restrictions would come on Russia's economic and oil sectors.

"If you're Vladimir Putin and you're thinking of messing around, you're thinking about hiring another 80 people to attack U.S. democracy, you've got to realize that you're going to have a guillotine coming down in terms of the sanctions," he added.

Russians are expected to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, said Van Hollen, referring to comments made by the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

It is "outrageous," Van Hollen continued, "that President Trump continues to sit back and do absolutely nothing."

"You can argue about 2016," the senator said. "The fact are pretty clear. But nobody should be sitting back giving what we're facing in 2018… we also need to be taking this deterrent measure. The one thing we know that would have an impact on Putin is if he knows for sure he's going to pay a harsh penalty.

"And if he's going to be punished. And I think we — Rubio and I have spoken to the chairman of the Banking Committee. That's where this sanctions legislation is. I believe if we all get together, we could get a consensus to get this done."

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