This should throw yet another big wrench into the plans of those who seek to take the president down on charges of “collusion” with Russia (but knowing Democrats, it probably won’t):
“President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order authorizing a broad range of sanctions on individuals, companies or countries that interfere with U.S. elections,” CNBC reports.
“During a conference call with reporters, John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser and Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, confirmed that the president signed the order, and they outlined how the sanctions process would work.
“Once a suspicious foreign action is identified, the intelligence community will have up to 45 days to assess it. If it’s deemed verified, the IC will then inform the Attorney General and the Department of Homeland Security who will jointly have another 45 days to decide whether to trigger sanctions on the foreign actor.”
According to the New York Post, these sorts of sanctions could take several forms: “The Departments of State and Treasury would decide on appropriate sanctions to recommend and impose – including freezing assets, limiting access to US financial institutions, and prohibiting US citizens from investing in companies involved.”