Russia Probe, Delays Complicate House Sanctions on Russia

The Latest Senate intel panel asks Trump Jr. for documents

"We want to move this Russian Federation sanctions bill", the speaker said.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short accused Democrats of thwarting the will of the American people.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says it's "important" investigators "get to the bottom" of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, declaring "it is absolutely unacceptable that Russia - or any other country - but Russia meddled in our elections".

The legislation, however, has stalled in the House as the administration works to soften the congressional reach.

"The House ought to have the same authority", Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement.

The House will take up the bill on the 11th when it returns.

The document also suggests that the US president can impose sanctions on persons who intend to invest in the construction of Russian export pipelines more than $5 million per year or $1 million at a time or to provide projects with services, technologies and information support.


Washington, Jul 11 The White House has hit out Democratic senators for delaying crucial appointments by delaying confirmation of the Trump administration's nominations for high-ranking posts in the government. Corker said. "Because they can do whatever they wish to solve this problem". "We will expose House Republicans for their willful shameful enabling... of the attack on our Constitution". Trump administration officials have been up on Capitol Hill lobbying against the measure. "Instead they're searching high and low for excuses to drag out the process, weaken the bill, and let Russian Federation and the White House off the hook".

Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said the House can address Democrats' concerns on its own about who can initiate a review of presidential action on sanctions. She called the decision by Democrats to introduce the original Senate bill "grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".

Donald Trump Jr. eagerly agreed previous year to meet a woman he believed was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton, as part of Moscow's official support for his father, according to emails released on Tuesday. "Failure to act on this sanctions bill makes the Speaker complicit in the White House's apparent efforts to repay Russia's political favors".

House Republicans said on Monday that the Senate change had not satisfied the procedural concern and that the Senate would have to change it and vote again. "This is a smokescreen to a bill that needs to get done now".

Ryan said he has been told that US companies object to the energy-related sanctions in the bill, which oil and gas manufacturers say could hurt USA businesses while strengthening Russian interests. "This issue is easy to fix, fix it, send us back the bill - don't use it as an excuse not to pass the bill".

It also imposes sanctions on Russians convicted of human rights abuses or cyber attacks and would allow new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping and railways. "There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms". "We urge you to be similarly vigilant as you broach negotiations on a range of bilateral issues with the Russians".

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