Trump dodges on Russian Federation sanctions

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Donald Trump, Jr., who has taken heat for almost a week for agreeing to meet with a Russian lawyer who promised to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, hired a criminal attorney on Monday.

The document was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, the Reuters news agency reported. He said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson knew the bill was being drafted, but the State Department didn't offer any substantive advice before it passed the Senate last month with 98 votes.

However, there was no sign of support from Trump's fellow Republicans, who control majorities in both the House and the Senate and control what legislation comes up for a vote.

The Democrats will make multiple "resolutions of inquiry", a rarely used legislative tactic in which members of Congress request information from the executive branch, and if the committee does not act on the resolution, a vote on the floor of the House can be called for.

House armed services committee Chairman Mac Thornberry argued that amendments dealing with Trump's business interests did not belong in the defense policy bill. The American people deserve the truth about Russia's personal, political and financial grip on President Trump. "And I think it's ridiculous".

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"I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine", Trump said, adding later: "I've made great deals".

He then tried to cast a shadow against President Donald Trump, asking Americans to consider his "fitness" for office, while claiming the younger Trump "lacks basic integrity". These include a procedural move, a "resolution of inquiry", by which the Democrats intend to force a vote on a request that Attorney General Jeff Sessions disclose information about his meetings a year ago with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak-among other matters. US intelligence agencies have accused the Russian government of meddling through hacking in last year's election to benefit Trump and harm Clinton, and authorities are exploring potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign. "He said absolutely not", Trump said.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Democrats still were objecting to moving the bill in its current form. But he appeared to object to a key part of the legislation that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining Russian Federation sanctions policy.

The top Democrat fully intends to take advantage of the vote to hold Republican's feet to the fire about the potential sanctions on Russian Federation, if her statements on Thursday is any indication.

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. In some ways, his position has evolved: from saying that the story of Russian interference was spread (and possibly invented) by sore-losing Democrats to conceding that Russia was behind the hacks of Democrats' computer systems, and ultimately to confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin about the allegations.

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