House Speaker Ryan urges Trump son to testify in Congress

House Speaker Ryan urges Trump son to testify in Congress

House Speaker Ryan urges Trump son to testify in Congress

Legislation imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation is stalled in the House amid a partisan battle over whether all lawmakers should have the authority to start a process to block a unilateral decision by President Donald Trump to lift penalties.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed a year ago to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election. Specifically, a bipartisan group of Senators reached a compromise to combine several pending Russia-related measures and attach them as an amendment to S.722 - The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017.

Both Ryan and McCarthy said they were told that U.S. companies had passed the legislative framework for specific energy sanctions, oil and gas producers said, could hurt American companies and strengthen Russia's interests. But, he added: "The way it is now drafted is a way neither a Republican nor a Democratic administration could support".

But, the White House promised to block this document if it gets to the president's signature.

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U.S. intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Russian Federation sought to help Trump win the 2016 election by hacking private emails from Democratic Party officials and disseminating false information online.

House Democrats object to a change in a bill adopted by the Senate as part of an effort to clear up a procedural dispute between the two chambers. "Why would I take sanctions off without getting anything?" We have an investigation here in the House.

"There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms", Ryan said of some of the changes needed. Republicans say House Democrats are responsible for the current holdup due to their opposition to the changes.

Some Democratic members of the U.S. Congress have renewed efforts to find possible links between banks such as Germany's Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

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The objection was first raised by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said in testimony last month that Trump needs to retain "the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation" with Russian Federation.

On Friday, Republicans suggested reworking the legislation to add new sanctions on North Korea.

The provisions would require a congressional review if Trump seeks to ease or end the sanctions against Moscow.

And the State Department has confirmed ongoing discussions about Moscow's demand for the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the Obama administration in December in response to US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation conducted a broad campaign to disrupt the election on Trump's behalf. The Senate approved a technical fix after House Republicans said it ran afoul of a requirement that all bills dealing with revenue originate in the House. Democrats say Republicans are undermining their minority rights and the institutional power of Congress by crafting the language to empower only the majority - a shift from other sanction bills, according to Democrats. Slovenia, which has joined sanctions against Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine, has been very careful to portray Putin's visit on Saturday as strictly informal and not against the European Union policies.

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