January 11,2021

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Wyden Statement on the Treasury Department Imposing Sanctions on Andriy Telizhenko

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in reaction to the Treasury Department imposing sanctions on Andriy Telizhenko:

“The Treasury Department today identified additional foreign nationals involved in a larger conspiracy to influence the 2020 presidential election. The decision to impose sanctions on Andriy Telizhenko for his role in these efforts is welcome and long overdue. By imposing sanctions on Telizhenko, the Trump administration confirms that Senate Republicans’ year-long investigation was based on Russian disinformation. In fact, Chairmen Johnson and Grassley cited Mr. Telizhenko 42 times in the letters sent as part of this investigation, and ignored repeated warnings to not give credibility to disinformation. Chairman Johnson and his staff even met with Mr. Telizhenko for hours in person. The Senate was used to give credibility to foreign disinformation for the sole purpose of boosting Donald Trump’s campaign, and that can’t happen again.”