Trump dodges on Russian Federation sanctions

Senator Bob Corker speaks to reporters about the Senate healthcare bill on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

"I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine", Trump said, adding later: "I've made great deals". It also limits the United States president's ability to ease any sanctions on Russian Federation by requiring Congress' approval to lift any restrictions. He said his original letter on February 1 to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, suggested there be a bipartisan request for Trump's taxes, in part to ensure that the president did not have a personal stake in changes to the tax code that are under consideration. "This is another delay tactic".

Trump's comments came as the House struggles for a way forward on a Russian Federation sanctions bill that cleared the Senate with 98 votes last month. Since then, the Senate agreed on a fix to a constitutional issue, raised by the House, which requires that bills dealing with revenue originate in the lower chamber.

"Well he wants what's good for Russian Federation, and I want what's good for the United States", Trump said.

Cardin said the bill should have been passed because of Russian interference in last year's US elections, occupation of parts of Ukraine and Georgia and support of the Syrian government.

Between March 10 and June 21, committee Democrats have sent four letters - two to Deutsche Bank, one to Hensarling, and another to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - requesting documents and answers about Russia's influence on the Trump administration.

The top Democrat fully intends to take advantage of the vote to hold Republican's feet to the fire about the potential sanctions on Russian Federation, if her statements on Thursday is any indication.

"We will expose House Republicans' inaction, with their willful, shameful enabling", Pelosi said.




But Republicans from the White House to Capitol Hill have said Democrats are playing "political games" and are being "hysterical". "So we are on board to just proceed".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker reportedly said that both he and his House counterpart Ed Royce were willing to add the North Korea sanctions to the Russia-Iran package.

The White House has been talking to lawmakers about amending the bill with national security waivers. Christopher Van Hollen, D-Md., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., this week.

Two days later, the Senate approved the bill slapping sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran. The Senate intelligence committee interviews many of its witnesses behind closed doors, though it has held an unusual number of open hearings as part of the Russian Federation probe.

Seeking to force Republican House leaders to allow a vote, Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation unchanged from what passed the Senate by 98-2 on June 15 but has been stalled ever since. "Yeah, I think we get along very well and I think that's a good thing, that's not a bad thing".

An assistant United States attorney in a January court hearing in NY said the federal government had bypassed the normal visa process and granted a "type of extraordinary permission" so that her client could be in the U.S.to be deposed in a Justice Department lawsuit involving a Russian investment firm.

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