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117th Congress: Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)

Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) joins Washington Post Live on Monday, Mar. 28 (Video: The Washington Post)

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has unleashed Western sanctions aimed at crippling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s economy. Join Washington Post Live for a conversation with Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio), ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, about additional steps he supports to boost Ukraine, including lethal aid, that he believes should have been sent to Kyiv over a year ago.

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Highlights

“I think it’s very damaging. We saw from this trip…a number of missteps where the administration constantly had to come out and say, “Well he didn’t really mean that.” …I think what we may have seen there was a brief glimpse from the president…being sort of carried away by the overwhelming evidence and views that he has seen of the consequences of what Vladimir Putin is doing (when Biden was travelling) in Poland. This spontaneous speech is damaging…It certainly makes it more complex to try to end the conflict in Ukraine. Our goal is to get Russia out of Ukraine and to end that conflict.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“That’s not President Biden’s decision and it’s not ours either. He is the leader of the Russian people, currently, chosen by them and we are dealing with trying to counter the consequences of the decisions that he’s making. I don’t think you can persuade someone to make a different decision when your argument to them is, “You should not be in power.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I have no independent information about the (Wall Street Journal) news report either…I think we can, between the two of us, certainly acknowledge that…these types of actions, the murderous attempts, murdering civilians, poisoning individuals…those are very consistent with what Vladimir Putin has been alleged to have done in the past and I think those are the types of things we would expect to see from him. What it basically says is that Russia is led by a gentleman who does not share our values. He doesn’t share the values of the West, he clearly is undertaking, what many are saying will constitute war crimes.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“One thing that we’ve known over the last several years, is that Putin in his efforts to get a firm grasp on his government has made it very difficult for any type of dissent…He’s sitting very isolated, in a manner isolated even from criticism from his government. I think that makes it dangerous for the world because you have a man who appears to be accountable to none.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think this is our first social media documented war. And President Zelensky has just been a master at making certain he gets his message out. In history there’s never been an individual, who’s addressed the Italian parliament, the Canadian parliament, the United States Congress, NATO...The message that President Zelensky has been able to get out of both challenging the West and informing the West as to what’s happening and going right to these legislative bodies has also made an impact on the leaders of those countries.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“This was not an issue before this court nor did the court have the evidence in front of it, other than the question of whether or not the emails that were the subject matter of the case should be released to the January 6th committee.”- Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)


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