Obama poised to punish Putin for U.S election meddling as Republican senator warns sanctions will hit Russian president personally

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

White House could revise an executive order designed to punish cyber attacks
Current order doesn’t cover interference with U.S. elections
Sen. Lindsay Graham says new sanctions could target Vladimir Putin personally
Obama insiders want him to flex U.S. muscle before he leaves office
White House aims to make sure Trump can’t easily roll back its penalties

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor
28 December 2016

The Obama administration could be just days away from announcing a set of sanctions designed to punish Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for allegedly meddling in America’s November election.

Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported that the package of consequences could include economic sanctions, ‘diplomatic censure’ and a new round of retaliatory cyber operations targeting Moscow.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned during a trip to Latvia that Congress will back any plan to level penalties at Russia.

‘You can expect that the Congress will investigate the Russian involvement in our elections and there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual,’ Graham said.

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