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Sanctions, censure, expulsions: Congress weighs options to counter Trump

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Congress has to respond to TrumpMembers of Congress, aroused by President Trump’s solicitous comments beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, considered on Tuesday a range of options from resolutions supporting the intelligence community to censuring Trump.

On Monday, Trump declined to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election during his joint appearance with the Russian leader. Instead, he leaned toward believing Putin’s denials of meddling rather than accepting the unanimous conclusion of his own intelligence community.

Republican leaders in Congress distanced themselves Tuesday from Trump’s remarks. House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged that Russia interfered in the election, but he tempered his remarks by saying the meddling did not affect the outcome. And he dismissed a question about whether Trump’s comments rose to the level of treason.

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