Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Paul: Asking for Russian hackers' extradition a 'moot point'

Paul: Asking for Russian hackers' extradition a 'moot point'

"Tell us where you're going to extradite those folks", said Representative Trey Gowdy, who chaired a raucous House investigative hearing on Thursday that highlighted bitter, partisan divisions within the US Congress over a probe of Russian election meddling that has clouded Trump's presidency.

On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

Trump told CBS he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the 12 intelligence officials but added: "But I certainly, I'll be asking about it". "I'm not going with high expectations". Trump also said in the interview that he had given no thought to asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA presidential election. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.

Mr. Trump also insisted the Republican National Committee had superior cybersecurity systems to the DNC's, and that is why the DNC was hacked. CBS News released excerpts Sunday.

Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russian involvement in the hacking while being accused by Democrats of cozying up to Putin.

Trump has insisted on the meeting, saying it will be a "good thing" if sitting down with Russia's leader improves relations between the US and Russian Federation.

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A USA senator says it's inevitable that Russia is going to interfere in American elections and that it's pointless to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about it. "I will absolutely bring that up", Trump told reporters.

A Finnish man, who works as an elderly-care nurse, held a sign in English and Russian saying "Putin prison for lifetime".

The Trump-Putin summit is a reminder of the Cold War summits here between Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford in 1975, and Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. Bush in 1990. "But I will absolutely firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation". But Trump's statements on the issue could give Russian Federation reason to hope he might change that stance. But he says, "I think in their mind it is".

President Donald Trump says the testimony of an FBI agent who was removed from the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation was "an absolute disgrace".

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", Trump tweeted.

He said on Twitter as he left for Helsinki he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin".

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"America and the European Union are best friends". They fear the USA president will "walk into the open embrace of Putin". "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills" to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation goal of each of the 29 member states of the Western military alliance spending two percent of the size of their national economies on defense.

"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said.

"I believe it's really good". "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe".

"It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling".

He says, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

The risks of the meeting, the source said, are if Trump offers something for free - such as reducing United States support for Ukraine or offers ambiguity on Crimea.

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