House Democrats move to force Republican votes to defend Trump

Posted July 16, 2017

Did House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just accuse Donald Trump's son, son-in-law, and former campaign manager of complicity in espionage?

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.

With the bill stalled, House Democrats looked to push past the procedural problem Wednesday by introducing an identical version of the Senate's bill.

The upshot is that Trump, still eager for a big win on Capitol Hill, may face a hard choice instead: Sign the sanctions bill into law and possibly scuttle his bid for a new partnership with Russian Federation — or veto the legislation, set off an outcry and risk having that decision overturned by Congress. 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.

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Congressman Eric Swalweel on his Twitter also accused Don Trump Jr. of "betrayal of the US" stating: "Trump Jr. was willing to betray the U.S. to cheat for his Dad's campaign".

A group of House Democrats turned up the pressure on Friday in a bid to compel the Treasury Department to disclose any financial ties between Russian Federation and President Trump, his family and allies. He replied immediately: "If it's what you say I love it". "We need to follow the facts", she said. Just 12 percent of Americans-20 percent of Democrats, 12 percent of Independents, and 2 percent of Republicans-rate Trump's relationship with Russian Federation among the top two issues they are concerned about.

Either way, White House objections over the bill come too late to matter. They said the section would infringe on the president's executive authority.

Question time in the Briefing Room was kicked off by Kevin Corke of Fox News setting the tone for the rest of the day by asking at what point "did the President discuss with Donald Trump, Jr. that meeting?". "This is grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".

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The resolutions, to be filed with a half-dozen committees, would enable a member to force a vote in committee or potentially on the House floor.

At a press conference Friday, the California Democrat read a list of crimes for which legal experts have said Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort could potentially be prosecuted as a result of their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Ryan told a news conference he wants to move a strong bill regarding sanctions on Russian Federation as quickly as possible but that the legislation still faced procedural and policy hurdles.

"We will expose House Republicans' inaction, with their willful, shameful enabling", Pelosi said. "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". As a senior adviser to the president, he is involved in several of the administration's most sensitive foreign-policy issues, from China to the Middle East peace process.

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