Tester: Russia ‘sought to undermine our privacy and our democracy’

Senator Holds Putin Accountable for Cyberattacks

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today called for greater sanctions to be placed on Russian officials following their hacking efforts to undermine America’s democracy.

Tester’s call for greater oversight comes on the heels of news that the U.S. is indicting two Russian Intelligence officers for hacking the Yahoo accounts of millions of Americans.

“It is important for the American public and all of their elected representatives to remember this: Russia attacked the United States and sought to undermine our privacy and our democracy,” Tester said. “It’s not a partisan issue, it’s not something we should be playing politics with, but I believe the sanctions put into place were a starting point–more needs to be done.”

During a Senate Banking Hearing, Tester looked for next steps to hold Russia accountable for their invasion of Montanans’ privacy.

Earlier this month, Tester sponsored a bipartisan bill to prohibit any President from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russia.

Tester sent a letter to President Trump urging him to keep sanctions on Russia.