Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Senate Approves Measure Limiting Trump's Power Over Russia Sanctions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that he was wary of Congress taking actions that could interfere with the administration's efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation. It would require the administration to explain any moves to ease or lift sanctions, and create a new mechanism for Congress to review and block any such effort.

The second reaffirmed "the strategic importance of Article 5" in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the principle that an attack on one North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member is an attack on all members of the alliance.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a spokesman for Trump's legal team, Mark Corallo, said. "I can't imagine the House would want to be apologists for Russian behavior after the combined weight of the intelligence communities all weighing in saying, "Look, they attacked the United States". As an example, Tillerson said talks with Moscow on stabilizing war-ravaged Syria are progressing, but it's too early to tell if the discussions will bear fruit.

The US Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a new package of sanctions that punish Russian Federation for its efforts to alter the course of the 2016 presidential election.

The new Russian Federation sanctions also requires the White House to get a congressional review if it attempts to relax, suspend or terminate Russian Federation sanctions. The Treasury Secretary "may" impose financial sanctions on state-owned entities in those sectors, according to the measure. The amendment provides for an expedited process by which Congress can have hearings and then a vote on whether or not the reject the President's proposed lifting of any or all of the sanctions.

The Republican-led Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve sweeping sanctions legislation targeting Iran and Russian Federation.

The vote at a time of high tension in Washington over the Russian Federation scandal was 97-2. The legislation was worked out by Sens.

Crapo is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., also participated in the negotiations and pushed for provisions that bar punished individuals from using family members to get around the sanctions. The House of Representatives also must pass the measure for it to become law. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate probe.

Codification of existing Russia, Ukraine and Crimea sanctions, sectoral sanctions and sanctions listings, including Executive Orders 13660, 13661, 13662, 13685, 13694, and 13757.

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