Whatever Donald Trump had hoped to get out of his summit with Vladimir Putin, Robert Mueller changed the game.The U.S. president’s goals for the meeting had always been unclear. But now Trump is under pressure — including from several members of Congress from his own party — to finally confront Putin once and for all over trying to sabotage the election that put Trump in the White House.Democrats called on him to scrap the summit in protest. That’s not happening, the White House said. And there’s no sign that Trump will demand that Putin turn over the 12 Russian intelligence officials the special counsel indicted — and they likely will never stand trial.But Monday’s meeting in Helsinki has become a pivotal test of Trump’s strength and will to defend election integrity — something he hasn’t done so far.“It will be somewhat more difficult for him to simply go through the motions,” said Daniel Fried, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe under President George W. Bush. “The point is to send Putin a very clear message: Stay out of our elections.”‘Extensive Plot’Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said the indictments add to evidence confirming an “extensive plot” by… Read full this story
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