Dems Read Trump Jr's 'Smoking Gun' Emails on House Floor

Newly-elected Oklahoma state Sen. Michael Brooks right talks with Sarah Taylor left Democratic Leadership staff during a tour of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City Wednesday

"Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past", Short said.

The draft law includes the imposition of individual and sectoral sanctions against Russian Federation, and also fixes the existing restrictions against Russian Federation, depriving the president of the right to cancel them without the approval of the U.S. Congress.

Pelosi also accused congressional Republicans of enabling the "Trump-Russia assault on our democracy"; demanded the revocation of Jared Kushner's security clearance; and demanded the appointment of an outside commission.

The Daily Beast broke the news Monday that the Trump administration has been pushing back on the bill's provisions to grant Congress the power to review presidential efforts to ease sanctions on countries like Russian Federation.

House Democrats have charged that the change undercuts their ability to oppose any potential attempt by Trump to lift or ease the Russian Federation sanctions.

The administration officials, who were career civil servants, expressed concerns during the meeting about the congressional review provisions in the bill, which would give Congress veto power if the White House tries to loosen sanctions on Russian Federation, according to the staffers.

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. "He said absolutely not", Trump said. Senators initially passed a bill to impose the sanctions in June, but House legislators found it violated a constitutional requirement.

The House and Senate have been fighting over the Russian Federation sanctions bill since it passed the Senate last month, 98-2.

"I said, 'Did you do it?' And he said, 'No, I did not".

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Maryland Sen. "And I think it's ridiculous".

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.

Lawmakers have submitted more than 400 amendments to the defense spending bill that the House is debating this week, as it's one of the few so-called "must-pass" measures still around in Congress.

Friday's announcement is the latest effort by Democrats to get answers on Russia's influence on the Trump administration. We have an inside the Congress investigation by the Intelligence Committees.

The senators' measure would give Congress review power over any changes the president might try to make to North Korea sanctions policy that is nearly identical to the review power over Russia sanctions written into the Russia-Iran bill. Whether we have written letters, or introduced legislation, so many of us are attempting in every way that we possibly can to unveil the criminal activity, the unconstitutional activity, of this president and his family.

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

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