US Democratic leaders have called for more than $300 million in new funding to protect upcoming midterm elections from Russian interference.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi demanded a budget boost Wednesday, claiming that the amount is necessary to safeguard November’s elections.
The extra money should go to the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Election Assistance Commission, they said in a letter to the Republicans.
“We’re not drawing lines in the sand,” Senator Schumer told reporters. “We hope we can get bipartisan support.”
The Democrats’ move was made in the wake of mounting pressure against the administration of US President Donald Trump over possible collusion with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
The president and his associates have been under increased pressure since Friday, when special counsel Robert Mueller released an indictment in the…