Sen. Mitt Romney is again joining a bipartisan group of senators to pressure the Trump administration to punish Russia for poisoning Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The Putin regime has already shown a willingness to murder its critics in other countries using radioactive materials and chemical weapons,” the senators’ letter said. “Our efforts to assist those who seek only that their country abide by its own laws and international commitments serve as a powerful signal to all brutal regimes.”
Joining Romney in the letter were Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Chris Coons, D-Del.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
Romney last month introduced with others legislation that called for such things as identifying Russian officials involved in the poisoning, blocking any financial assets they may have under U.S. control and revoking any visas they have and banning them from entry here.
The latest letter calls for the Trump administration to use existing tools they have to punish Putin and Russia.
“The United States must lead the international community and act decisively to deter future attacks both within Russia and beyond its borders on Mr. Navalny and other regime critics,” the senators wrote last week.
“So, I don’t know exactly what happened. I think it’s tragic, it’s terrible, it shouldn’t happen. We haven’t had any proof yet but I will take a look,” Trump said earlier this month. “It is interesting that everybody’s always mentioning Russia — and I don’t mind you mentioning Russia — but I think probably China at this point is a nation that you should be talking about much more so.”
The senators’ latest letter also notes several other critics of Putin have been murdered or poisoned.