Rep. Andy Biggs says the Trump administration's decision to impose sanctions for Russian interference with the presidential election, national grid are a necessary first step, show American resolve. The move targeting Russia's business elite could affect people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for failing to punish Russian Federation for the interference of the president elections against the ongoing investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about whether the head of state's election campaign has had unlawful relations with power in Moscow. ("I don't really understand what is left of your case", a U.S. District Court Judge told Manafort's lawyer on Wednesday, after the government revealed the existence of a memo empowering the special counsel to investigate both whether Manafort colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential race, and his business activities in Ukraine pre-dating the campaign.) Indeed, the impact of the Mueller probe appears to be growing increasingly worldwide in its scope.
While the steps were the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump took office in January 2017, his decision at the time not to target oligarchs and government officials close to Putin drew criticism from USA lawmakers in both parties.
The United States plans to introduce new sanctions against Russian oligarchs.
US-Russian ties have worsened with allegations, which Moscow denies, that Russia was responsible for a March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.
The White House and Treasury declined comment on whether they planned to impose sanctions this week. In recent months, however, it has stopped at least two Russian oligarchs whey they arrived at United States airports to question them.
A second Russian oligarch was stopped during a recent trip to the USA, although it is not clear if he was searched, according to a person briefed on the matter.