Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

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The agency "tampered with, altered or caused a misappropriation of information with the goal or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes and institutions", specifically the 2016 US presidential race. He did not elaborate on how Russian Federation would retaliate.

The White House unveiled new sanctions against five Russian-backed institutions and at least 19 foreign nationals for meddling in USA electoral politics; raising the stakes just hours after the United States and its European allies accused Putin of assassinating a former spy on British soil.

Mueller's order marks the first known time the Russian Federation investigation has demanded documents related to Trump's business, the Times reported.

"Now we must protect our elections going forward", she added.

The Treasury Department aimed the sanctions at 19 Russian individuals and five groups.

The Trump administration recently announced new sanctions against Russian Federation. "They're out of control, Russian Federation is", Sen. He said it showed no "new work" on the part of the Trump administration.

"We need to do more", said Sen. "It's something that should never have happened and we're taking it very seriously, as I think, are others".

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russian Federation, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

A senior national security official said: "Russia's behaviour, or lack thereof, on the world stage is continuing to trouble us and we are continuing to press back in meaningful ways".

Yevgeny Prigozhin - an oligarch who allegedly ran the agency and is known as "Putin's chef" - and 12 of the agency's staff are also hit by the sanctions.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions amid withering criticism in the U.S. accusing Trump and his administration of failing to use its congressionally mandated authority to punish Russian Federation.

The penalties include the first use of new powers passed by Congress previous year to punish Moscow for election meddling. In terms of the organizations, it includes the Internet Research Agency as well as the Russian FSB and GRU.

The Treasury also says that the GRU was "directly responsible" for the June 2017 NotPetya cyberattack on European businesses.

And finally, the White House had no comment on reports that Special Counsel Mueller had sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization about Russian Federation, a move that President Trump had once indicated would cross a 'red line'. It was the most significant action taken against Moscow since Trump took office. The shift has some applauding the new direction of the Trump administration's direction on Russian Federation.

It also was in response to what officials said was a wide range of "malicious cyberactivity", including Russian efforts to hack into the USA energy grid and other parts of the US infrastructure, including dams. "As our midterm elections approach, we must send a clear message that attacks on our political process will not be tolerated". The State Department had previously denied that it had missed a deadline, offering a different interpretation of the law, which Congressional Democrats roundly rejected.

Russian-linked bots used Twitter to coordinate the spread and promotion of "fake news" and extremist content to influence the outcome of the election.

Earlier on Thursday, U.S., French and Germany leaders joined together with the accuse Russian Federation of orchestrating the nerve-agent attack. A police officer who came to the pair's aid was also sickened.

"This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War", leaders of the four countries said. They came as the USA joined European allies in blaming Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack in Britain, deeming the action a "clear violation" of global law.

The US had been reluctant to point the finger, but on Wednesday, Nikki Haley delivered a speech at the UN Security Council which stood with the United Kingdom in laying the blame at Moscow's door.

The sanctions prompted a swift threat of retaliation from Russia's government, which said a response was already being prepared.

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