Trump's Russian circus: Scandal hijacks the administration's agenda

Posted July 16, 2017

The emails were sent ahead of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer that Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended.

If the committee, chaired and dominated by Republicans, ignores the resolution, it could head to the floor of the broader House.

"We're talking with the Democratic members about it, trying to put together a bipartisan bill, and we're moving forward", the California Republican said.

Pelosi noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is taking place inside the Justice Department, and the Senate and House intelligence committees are "inside" investigations as well.

WASHINGTON-In private, President Donald J. Trump sometimes addresses his adult children as "baby", a term of endearment tinged with a New Yorker's wisecracking edge. "These resolutions are simply a request for paperwork, a request to let the American people know that they are the priority, and partisanship will not stand in the way of their protection".

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. And that would be the goal of such an investigation.

But the subcommittee chairman called it a "political stunt" and said clearances can be revoked or denied for the same issues. The president could revoke it in a moment and he should. "Republicans in Congress have become enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy", Pelosi said.

But the Senate's tweak also changed a provision allowing any House member to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of easing sanctions, raising new objections from House Democrats.

While Ryan now has the power to keep such potentially embarrassing votes from occurring, the resolutions would circumvent his authority.

Pascrell used a resolution of inquiry in March when he tried to force the Ways and Means Committee to invoke its power under a 1924 law to require the IRS to turn over Trump's tax returns.

As the scandal over the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation continues to consume all of the oxygen Washington-with issues like healthcare only getting the chance to breathe during short interregnums between news dumps-it's important for those of us holed up in Dupont circle offices to remember that things are playing differently outside the capital.

"It was two hours and 15 minutes", Trump said. Trump can golf, but he can't escape the Russian Federation scandal.

WATERS: Thank you, Leader Pelosi, for organizing all of us today who have taken some action dealing with the Trump family criminal enterprise.

"That's what Putin doesn't like about me", the U.S. president stated.

The standoff continues as investigations deepen into the Trump team's ties with Russia, and Donald Trump, Jr.'s emails about his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.

Her remarks were part of a news conference in which Democrats from various House committees detailed steps aimed at pressuring House Republicans to investigate Trump more aggressively.