Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

House considers adding North Korea to Russian Federation sanctions bill

The Trump administration's legislative affairs and Treasury staff are working to water down Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation The Trump administration's legislative affairs and Treasury staff are working to water down Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation
Cecilia Poole | 16 July, 2017, 00:26

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"If during the campaign or since the president's inauguration members of the Trump team have considered altering sanctions on our adversary Russia, Congress and the American people need to know and have a right to know", Castro told reporters.

Adding North Korea to the Russian Federation and Iran sanctions measure would ensure speedier Senate consideration. The bill has been signed into law now for 55 straight years.

The House passed a standalone North Korea sanctions bill in May on a 419 - 1 vote, but the Senate has yet to take up the measure.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, has also said he'd like to hear from Trump Jr and said the panel has requested documents from him.

But we know one thing for sure, we have a responsibility and our oath of office to make sure that Russian Federation does not meddle in our elections again. "House Republicans shouldn't be providing cover for the administration and its affection for Russian Federation".

"There are some proof points that the House Republicans are carrying the White House's water on this for sure", a Democratic aide told TWS. Pointing out that Trump "fawns over Putin" while trying to loosen sanctions imposed against Russia for interfering in the election, Pelosi wondered "what do the Russians have" on Trump.

On Thursday, two amendments to do exactly that were blocked by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee.

Republicans are sure to vote down the resolution, but Democrats hope it will call attention to their rivals' reluctance to investigate the administration.

The administration stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers crafted the legislation popular with Republicans and Democrats alike. "Our security and our democracy have been endangered by Russia's clear influence on the Trump Administration". The lawyer was described as a "Russian government attorney" said to have incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. "Obama certainly doesn't have a son, but he has a daughter who wasn't meeting with Kremlin operatives to get after the Clinton campaign, so we have a slightly different situation".

"I have always been reluctant, because I think impeachment has always been something that has an impact on the country", she said.

Another proposal from Rep. Tom O'Halleran of Arizona, co-sponsored by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, would require reports to the Pentagon every 90 days on the cost of presidential travel, including the specific costs for travel to Trump-owned properties.

Trump, however, positively assessed his meeting with Putin in Hamburg last week, saying: "we had a good meeting, it was a face to face meeting, it was a long meeting".

"As you know, the Russian diplomatic compounds were seized based on the harassment, sometimes violent, of US personnel in Russia", the Democrats wrote in their letter. Earlier this week I called for him to give us a vote on an independent commission, outside, independent commission to investigate the ties to Russian Federation.

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