House Democrats press Treasury to divulge any Trump-Russia financial ties


During an off-camera briefing Wednesday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "I think Democrats are trying to play political games".

The goal of the procedural measures is to hold Republicans accountable for their "complicity" with Trump, Pelosi said. "This is another delay tactic".

The Trump administration has pushed for changes to the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill, particularly over the provision that gives Congress veto power if the White House eases sanctions on Russian Federation. At issue was an alleged "blue slip" violation - arising from the fact that bills affecting revenue must originate in the House - and a disagreement over how lawmakers would be able to bring up measures to block the president should he ever try to scale back sanctions against Russian Federation.

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

Pascrell used a resolution of inquiry in March when he tried to force the Ways and Means Committee to invoke its power under a 1924 law to require the IRS to turn over Trump's tax returns.

A declassified version of a report by the U.S. Intelligence Community said in January that "Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the USA presidential election" whose "goals were to undermine public faith in the United States democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency". Trump can golf, but he can't escape the Russian Federation scandal.

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. But as of Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Democrats were ready to let their complaint go. But he appeared to object to a key part of the legislation that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining Russian Federation sanctions policy. "That's just the way life is", said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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The House passed a North Korean sanctions bill in May 419-1, but the Senate has not yet taken up any North Korean sanctions measures. Christopher Van Hollen, D-Md., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., this week.

The Russia sanctions legislation was written as an amendment to a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran over issues including its ballistic missile program.

Officials from the Treasury and State departments met last week with House congressional staff in a belated attempt to voice their concerns over the congressional review.

"There is no question that we need to apply more pressure to North Korea", the Tennessee Republican said. "I said to him, and I'll say it again, it's going to come out sooner or later, for better or worse".

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 be deposed in a Justice Department lawsuit involving a Russian investment firm.

"Each of us standing here is asking House Republicans to take a stand", Watson Coleman said.