Until news broke on Tuesday that Donald Trump Jr. sat down with a lawyer he was told was a Russian government operative promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the idea that campaigns should refuse secret help from foreigners was an uncontroversial idea. "If they water down the bill, weaken the sanctions, add loopholes to the legislation, they will find stiff resistance here in the Senate", Schumer said.
Trump's sporadic salesmanship on the bills and ambitions lingering on Capitol Hill has become a defining characteristic of the complicated relationship between the president and congressional Republicans. The procedure for its adoption in Congress was suspended due to the constitutional requirement that all legislative initiatives concerning budget expenditures should be endorsed first in the lower, and then in the upper house.
What began as a bill slapping sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile development and human rights violations is being mired in minutiae over a single added word-"Russia".
The legislation sailed through the Senate almost a month ago in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its belligerence toward Ukraine. "And I think it's ridiculous".
"My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency", the president said in a statement read to reporters by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "They prove that the Trump campaign was not only aware of the Russian government's efforts to meddle in our elections, they were enthusiastic about accepting Russian support". 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.
Some House Democrats suspect the change was meant to help the Trump administration.
Pelosi said, "This week we saw cold hard evidence of the Trump campaign - indeed the Trump family eagerly intending to collude possibly, with Russian Federation", - a hostile foreign power- to influence American elections.
Despite a procedural dispute that has snagged the bill, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Wednesday that the House will resolve the issue and get the bill moving as quickly as possible.
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. "House Republicans shouldn't be providing cover for the administration and its affection for Russian Federation".
Pelosi called Republicans complicit in covering up scandals in the six-month-old administration and indicated she did not expect the resolutions to succeed in uncovering the information said they were seeking. A department spokesman said Sessions had been told that routine encounters as part of Sessions' Senate duties didn't have to be included on the form.
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