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.
They're using a legislative tool that could force the full House to take up the matters if the appropriate committee doesn't take action on the inquiry within 14 days.
Trump's sporadic salesmanship on the bills and ambitions lingering on Capitol Hill has become a defining characteristic of the complicated relationship between the president and congressional Republicans.
"I am a Russian Federation hawk", Ryan said. "We need to follow the facts", she said. But yeah, it gets frustrating when you have this. We have a probe going forward on the Russian Federation piece. And [Tim] Kaine now thinks the son is worse than Benedict Arnold.
"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". "I have [a] pen in hand so now it means something".
Kushner, colleagues say, has kept up a regular work schedule, meeting on Wednesday with Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, to discuss the administration's impending moves on trade.
The latest disclosures also focused renewed attention on Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who attended Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting in June with the Russian, Natalia Veselnitskaya. The White House and the Kremlin have denied there was any interference in the election.
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Trump Jr. told Fox News on Tuesday that he "probably would have done things a little differently" in retrospect and added that he would have contacted authorities if the meeting produced any illegal material. Now that members have reviewed the language more closely, House GOP and Democratic leaders are hoping to iron out the issues without re-opening the bill for a major rewrite.
Russian Federation has been contemplating its own new wave of counter-sanctions specifically aimed at the ones that Barack Obama brought in back in December 2016. The Senate intelligence committee interviews many of its witnesses behind closed doors, though it has held an unusual number of open hearings as part of the Russian Federation probe.
On Thursday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz introduced two amendments in the House Appropriations Committee with the goal of revoking Kushner's clearance. Tim Kain, a former candidate for VP and a senator of Virginia has set the tone for the motivation of the Democrats by stating that what was initially an investigation for collusion is now gearing toward "treason".
The department has acknowledged that Sessions - on his form - omitted meetings he had with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador.
Both amendments failed to pass in committee.
Watson Coleman said she wanted to be assured that federal resources are being used for true security needs "and not lining the pockets of the president".