Thursday, December 29, 2016

Donald Trump's First 100 Days: "U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks" - UPDATED

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election.

The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties, which have deteriorated over differences about Syria and Ukraine.

Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed efforts to intervene in the U.S. election process by hacking mostly Democrats have made relations even worse. Read More

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Trump, when he takes office, could reverse Obama's decisions to expel the Russian intelligence operatives but in doing so he would be aiding a foreign power that is seeking to harm the United States. He would be further opening himself to the charge of treason, having already called upon a foreign power to interfere in the US presidential election. He might eventually force a reluctant Republican-dominated Congress into impeaching him. Many Republican Congressional leaders would prefer to see Pence in the Oval Office, not Trump.
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