Sen. Ben Sasse On Russia Indictments: 'Mueller Put Moscow On Notice'

He called them a "wakeup call."

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and businesses for their effort to undermine the 2016 election.

The criminal charges are the first of their kind, and included "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump." Later in the day, Nebraska's Sen. Ben Sasse responded to the charges by calling them a "wakeup call."

"Mueller just put Moscow on notice," the Republican senator said in a statement. "This ought to be a wakeup call to Washington: Putin's shadow war is aimed at undermining Americans' trust in our institutions. We know Russia is coming back in 2018 and 2020 – we have to take this threat seriously."

Among other things, Mueller's indictment noted that the Russians indicted created a Twitter account which successfully accumulated 100,000 followers posing as the Tennessee GOP party, organized political rallies and contacted the Trump campaign repeatedly, among other things

Sasse's comments come at a time when Republican politicians have less frequently acknowledged the role Russia may have played in the 2016 election. Many have echoed the White House talking point that Russia did not interfere in any meaningful way in the 2016 election. Sen. Sasse's comments seem to indicate he believes the threat is serious enough to address in future elections.

Sasse is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

Cover image via REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

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