The Trump administration has received extreme criticism for failing to impose sanctions on Russia in a timely manner. According to NBC News, Russia was found to have violated a chemical weapons law about three months ago, yet not sanctions have been set. Earlier this week, the European Union punished four Russian officials that were involved with the Skripal poisoning that began the situation.
The State Department claimed that, “There is no deadline in the law for imposing sanctions.” The Congressional Research Service also reported that the new wave of sanctions would “have a negative impact on the Russian economy.” This, in conjunction with developments within the Mueller investigation (including the indictment of Roger Stone Friday morning), have all caused concern for President Trump’s connections to Russia.
On Wednesday, Sen. Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations also wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for the imposition of the needed sanctions on Russia.
“Moving forward, I expect that, barring a new determination from the President, the United States will swiftly institute these additional sanctions against the Russian Federation, as required by law.”