House considers adding North Korea to Russian Federation sanctions bill

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Hoyer said he revisited the idea during a conversation with Speaker Paul Ryan on the floor Tuesday night and told Ryan that Democrats would be introducing their own version of the Senate bill this week. "The process is going to follow out and we'll let the committees of jurisdiction or the appropriate folks at the Department of Justice sort that out. We hope to have a [Congressional Budget Office] score by the beginning of the week and a motion to proceed to that bill next week", McConnell said upon taking the podium.

House leaders have been frustrated that the Senate has not taken steps in the past two months to take up the House's North Korea sanctions package.

"I think the events of the last week only underscore the urgency of getting it passed", said Rep. Adam Schiff (R., Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that is examining Russian meddling in the election. Was contacted with a bid from Russian Federation for injured information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, according to new emails Trump Jr. released Tuesday.

This week, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted images of emails between him and a publicist for a Russian singer whose family had interacted with the Trump family.

After arriving in France, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman - a designated White House pool reporter for the day - chronicled a peculiar exchange she had with Trump.

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.

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian interference with the United States election, as are at least four congressional committees. "They just don't know what to do and so are in a defensive crouch more than anything else", a Republican Senate aide told BuzzFeed News, agreeing to speak only anonymously.

Still, with or without votes, the NDAA amendments give House Democrats a legislative avenue to try to pressure Republicans, and they provide insight as to where Democrats will focus when it comes to Trump heading into the midterms.

Democrats were predictably furious.

Watchdog groups filed a complaint against Donald Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chief Paul Manafort on Thursday with the federal agency that oversees elections, arguing the three violated the law by meeting with the Russian.

That revelation has exploded the scandal narrative, shifting the focus from whether Trump's team tried to collude with Russians a year ago - they clearly did - to what exceptional action might Trump take when confronted with a scandal that poses real legal danger for his family. Many Republicans' reluctance reflects their constituencies' strong support for the president - and lack of interest for the Russian Federation story.

Speculation about who will be Rhode Island's next USA attorney and federal judge - as well as about who will influence the White House's picks - has been rampant since Trump won last November. Luther Strange, who faces a primary challenge August 15, recently told a county GOP executive committee.

"I resent that anybody would even consider it to be a stunt", Pascrell said. Many lawmakers are concerned that absent a congressional check on his authority, the president might try to scale back sanctions against Russian Federation - particularly by returning control to Moscow of two compounds that the Obama administration wrested from Russian Federation in late 2016 as punishment for alleged meddling in the 2016 campaign. "Not a mode of assuring, as the Senate did, that we have significant oversight and protections vis-a-vis Russian Federation sanctions".

"The emails certainly raise questions", said Maine Sen.

"I would not respond", Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn. said, adding he would potentially contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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