Senate Republican leader warns Russia not to meddle in 2018 elections

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with news media as he walks through the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the chamber could consider new sanctions against Russia and warned Russia not to meddle in the U.S. mid-term elections in November.

Speaking to reporters a day after U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and then in a joint news conference declined to embrace U.S. intelligence organizations’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, McConnell said: “It really better not happen again in 2018.”

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