House considers adding North Korea to Russian Federation sanctions bill

The Trump administration's legislative affairs and Treasury staff are working to water down Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation

The Trump administration's legislative affairs and Treasury staff are working to water down Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation

In a recent interview, Trump said of the Russia scandal, "I think what's happening is, as usual, the Democrats have played their card too hard on the Russia thing, because people aren't believing it... a lot of the Democrats feel - they say, we're putting all our money into this Russia stuff and it's making Trump stronger".

Commenting on the meeting in an interview with CBN TV broadcaster on Wednesday, Trump said that Russian leader Putin would have been happier if Hilary Clinton won the presidential election past year in the United States.

The previous bill called for imposing "sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for acts of worldwide terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes".

"The GOP must immediately join us in a call for the release of all communications within the Trump campaign and within the family by email, text, Twitter, or any other direct message", Pelosi said.

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.

Opposition to the June sanctions bill was not restricted to Capitol Hill.

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"There is no question that we need to apply more pressure to North Korea", the Tennessee Republican said.

The Russia and Iran sanctions bill, which the Senate passed last month on a vote of 98 to 2, stalled as lawmakers argued over technical changes House Republicans leaders insisted were necessary to get the measure through their chamber.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday he believed the North Korean sanctions bill, which passed almost unanimously in the House in May, should be added to the Russian Federation sanctions measure that passed the Senate one month ago.

The Obama administration knew in August 2011 that the Russians were attempting to tamper with the USA presidential election process.

But Democrats are furious at the change, which they see as a last-minute effort by one of the president's closest allies in Congress to derail the Russia-Iran sanctions bill just as congressional leaders had agreed on a way to resolve their differences.

If you live in Washington and get your news from Twitter, you will have noticed a major shift after the Trump Jr. revelations.

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Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, has also said he'd like to hear from Trump Jr and said the panel has requested documents from him. "When I say 'their, ' I mean Trump, Kushner, Manafort etc".

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.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce of California told CNN that the North Korea addition was one of several options still under consideration as House Republican leaders consider how to deal with the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill.

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On that, Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly issued the ready-made statement from President Trump: "My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency".

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