November 07, 2018

What’s Bad for Trump Is Worse for Putin

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalists: Robbie Gramer, Amy MacKinnon

The results of the U.S. congressional elections marked a setback for President Donald Trump, but they might be worse for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is promising more investigations into Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and both parties are likely to push for more sanctions against Moscow—for everything from its involvement in Ukraine and Syria to its poisoning of a former Russian spy.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

House Republicans have shown little appetite for challenging the Trump administration on Russia. Of the five congressional probes launched to investigate Russian meddling, the one conducted in the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, has been the only major bipartisan investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.

But with Democrats now in control of the House, the chamber is likely to play a more assertive role on the issue.

Read the full article and more in Foreign Policy.


  • Peter Harrell

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is a former adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export cont...