US Democrats portraying Russia’s alleged interference as act of war

March 27, 2017 3:06 pm

Protesters march against President Trump outside the Embassy of on March 4, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Democratic lawmakers are stepping
up the ’ anti-Russia rhetoric over Moscow’s alleged
interference in the 2016 presidential election, which yielded President
Donald Trump.

In a declassified report released in
January, the intelligence community concluded that Russian President
Vladimir Putin helped the New York billionaire win the White House, an
allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
The lawmakers,
whose candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the battle in the November 8,
2016 vote, are booting the narrative in the wake of a statement by FBI
Director James Comey in regard to an ongoing investigation into
Trump-Russia ties.
Comey’s appearance before the House
Intelligence Committee for a hearing on Monday yielded the first public
confirmation that a probe was underway to detect possible collusion
between Trump and Russia.

think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of
war on our fundamental democratic principles,” Democratic House
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (pictured above) said during a
hearing this week at the House Homeland Security Committee.
She further censured Trump for his “borderline dismissive attitude” in the wake of Russia’s alleged cyberattacks.
During Comey’s hearing, two other Democrats also contributed to the hawkish narrative.
California Democrat, Representative Jackie Speier, called Russia’s alleged interference an act of war, calling for action.
actually think that their engagement was an act of war, an act of
hybrid warfare, and I think that’s why the American people should be
concerned about it,” Speier said.

Representative Eric Swalwell (pictured above) also called for
bipartisan opposition against what he described as “a foreign
“This past election, our country was attacked. We were
attacked by Russia,” Swalwell said. “I see this as an opportunity for
everyone on this committee, Republicans and Democrats, to not look in
the rearview window but to look forward and do everything we can to make
sure that our country never again allows a foreign adversary to attack
Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, has also
described Russia’s alleged electoral interference as
“political Pearl Harbor.”
According to a Sunday report by the
Hill, the Democratic Party is attempting to portray President Trump as
“weak on Russia” while exaggerating the “damage done by Moscow.”

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