WASHINGTON – Congressional Democratic leaders Monday urged President Donald Trump to ensure that a group of Russian nationals indicted for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election cycle face trial on American soil.
“We write to urge your administration to devote all resources available to ensure that the Russian nationals indicted for allegedly interfering with the 2016 elections are brought to justice and stand trial in the United States,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said in a joint letter.
Last month Special Counsel Robert Mueller III indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges that include identity theft, wire and bank fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. The defendants are believed to have acted at the behest of Russian intelligence services.
Mueller is investigating allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The White House has stringently denied the allegations.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Moscow did not meddle in U.S. elections. Putin told MSNBC’s Megyn Kelly in a recent interview that the indicted parties “do not represent the interests of the Russian state.” Putin, when asked, told MSNBC that Russia would “never” extradite the indicted parties.
Following the 2016 election cycle, U.S. intelligence agencies compiled a report documenting Russian meddling attempts. The agencies did not uncover evidence that any votes were changed as a result of the meddling attempts.