Trump is preemptively working to steal the 2018 election and this treachery is going unchecked.
Reuters reported that “The Trump administration said on Monday it would not immediately impose additional sanctions on Russia, despite a new law designed to punish Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, insisting the measure was already hitting Russian companies.”
Continuing, Reuters reported that: “Trump, who wanted warmer ties with Moscow and had opposed the legislation as it worked its way through Congress, signed it reluctantly in August, just six months into his presidency.”
Under the measure, the administration faced a deadline on Monday to impose sanctions on anyone determined to conduct significant business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, already sanctioned for their alleged role in the election.
But citing long time frames associated with major defense deals, [State Department spokeswoman Heather] Nauert said it was better to wait to impose those sanctions.
Former criminal investigator, attorney, and New Hampshire professor Seth Abramson took to Twitter Tuesday to analyze the matter, retweeting several pertinent posts by politicians and political analysts to help wade through the complexity of this decision by the White House to flagrantly ignore the dictates of the legislative branch – Congress itself.
Abramson began his analysis tweeting: “Trump’s handpicked CIA Director Mike Pompeo says there’s no doubt Russia will interfere in the 2018 elections. One presumes the interference will again be pro-GOP, so Trump has announced there’ll be no sanctions on Russia. So how can we have any faith in our election process now?“
Continuing that line of reasoning, Abramson added: “We should all be clear on the fact that Trump is taking all these pro-Russia actions to ensure the inevitable Russian election interference in 2018 and 2020 will be in his and the Republicans’ favor. We are watching treachery on a historic scale in slow motion and doing NOTHING.”
Abramson’s next tweet was a call to action. “The second Trump announced he wouldn’t sanction Russia, we should’ve begun marching. The whole nation. 99% of Congress supported the sanctions bill. Trump violated it hoping Russia would help him steal future elections. If that doesn’t send America to the streets, nothing will.“
Abramson went on to retweet a post by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “Congress voted 517-5 to impose sanctions on Russia. The President decides to ignore that law. Folks that is a constitutional crisis. There should be outrage in every corner of this country,” she tweeted.
He also retweeted a post by CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto detailing the breakdown in the House and Senate in regards to the vote to impose those Russian sanctions.
“These were the votes passing legislation too impose new Russian Sanctions: House: 419-3 Senate: 98-2 Where is the GOP leadership and rank-and-file on this as Russia continues to meddle?”
These were the votes passing legislation too impose new Russian Sanctions:
Senate: 98-2 Where is the GOP leadership and rank-and-file on this as Russia continues to meddle? https://t.co/yI7DRSp5cE
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 30, 2018
As Abramson noted, above: