[Ed. – Democrats and the media keep blaming “intelligence” for their new anti-Trump themes, yet no one produces evidence the “intelligence” even exists. The Russians probably have offered bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but how long ago and being certain who was involved are unanswered questions. Pony up with some verifiable answers; until then, this is empty grandstanding.]
Senate Democrats Thursday introduced a new bill to that would require President Trump to impose sanctions on any Russian official or entity that is found to be involved in offering bounties to the Taliban for attacks on U.S. or allied troops in Afghanistan.
Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) said they joined together to introduce the legislation in the aftermath of the “Trump administration’s failure” to respond to reports of an effort from Moscow to pay militants in Afghanistan to kill coalition troops there.
Specifically, the bill would mandate Trump certify if Moscow “offered, ordered, directed, or was otherwise responsible for bounties” for the killing of coalition troops and, if he does, impose sanctions on President Vladimir Putin “or any person acting for or on behalf of him” as well as any Russian government, defense or intelligence official involved in the efforts.