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PoliticsMnuchin meets with Senate GOP to shore up ranks on Russia sanctions vote

22:45  15 january  2019
22:45  15 january  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said ahead of Mnuchin 's lunchtime briefing that it would factor heavily into GOP colleagues' votes on a resolution disapproving of the Treasury Department's proposals to relax sanctions on a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, connected to Russian

The Senate voted 57-42 to proceed to a resolution from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that would When asked Tuesday why he voted against the administration on sanctions relief, Kennedy said John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the GOP leadership who voted against advancing the

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Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said ahead of Mnuchin's lunchtime briefing that it would factor heavily into GOP colleagues' votes on a resolution disapproving of the Treasury Department's proposals to relax sanctions on a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, connected to Russian intelligence and organized crime.

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Steven Mnuchin , the Treasury Secretary, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, had argued that the deal to lift the sanctions Mr. Mnuchin had defended the deal in meetings with lawmakers, and Mr. McConnell on the floor of the Senate accused Democrats of politicizing the

This week, Senate Democrats marshalled an effort to override Mnuchin and preserve the sanctions that took effect last April. According to the Treasury: “ Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska will remain sanctioned , and his property will remain blocked.”

Asked whether he would vote for the resolution, Thune said, "We're going to get a briefing on that at noon today so I think a lot of our members are anxious to ask questions."

"We'll see how that goes," he said, adding whether the motion of disapproval advances "is still kind of an open question."

Mnuchin was spotted walking into the Senate Republican luncheon a short time afterward.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a vote on the resolution, which is expected to take place about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

It would disapprove of the Treasury's proposal to relax sanctions on three companies owned and controlled by Deripaska, who has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence and organized crime, according to Schumer.

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The Senate voted to advance legislation blocking President Trump’s plan to lift sanctions against three Russian companies despite an eleventh-hour effort “I do disapprove of the easing of the sanctions because I think it sends the wrong message to Russia and to the oligarch and close ally of Mr. Putin

Mnuchin said Deripaska will remain sanctioned and that the companies could face sanctions again if they backtrack on their deal with the U.S. "This agreement does nothing to change the sealed fate of Deripaska, the direct target of the sanctions ," Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said.

"Putin's government, one of Russia's largest banks, and the Russian economy have a direct interest in sanctions relief for Deripaska's companies. Why is the Trump Administration proposing sanctions relief when President Putin has not yet made any move to curtail or constrain his malign activities around the globe?" Schumer asked on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

The measure needs a simple-majority vote to begin debate. If Tuesday's procedural motion is successful, the resolution would still need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and another simple-majority vote to pass.

Schumer argued in a "Dear Colleague" letter sent to every member of the Senate on Monday that sanctions relief would provide a much-needed boost to the Russian economy.

"Removing sanctions on these companies will benefit the Russian government, since the export of metals such as aluminum is a key revenue generator for Russia," he wrote. "This sanctions relief, in turn, may help buttress the Russian economy."

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Senate advances measure opposing the easing of Russia sanctions The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to move ahead with a resolution disapproving of a Trump administration plan to ease sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal, its parent En+ and power firm EuroSibEnergo. While the vote did not determine the fate in the Senate of the resolution, it broke with Republican President Donald Trump by paving the way for debate on the plan the Treasury Department announced in December to ease sanctions on the companies after Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska agreed to lower his controlling stake in the firm.

Mnuchin said after his closed-door meeting with Republican senators that the sanctions "shouldn't be a political issue." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged Republicans on Tuesday to vote against the sanctions resolution, noting that Deripaska's influence over the companies would

The House vote comes after a parallel measure narrowly failed in the Republican-controlled Senate Senate Republicans who voted to let Treasury go ahead argued that the Deripaska-linked David Vitter and his firm, Mercury LLC. Mnuchin made two trips to Capitol Hill to try to convince lawmakers

President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, reportedly offered Deripaska private briefings on the campaign during the 2016 election, something that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has reviewed.

Schumer argued in his letter that the Treasury Department should not ease sanctions on Deripaska's companies before knowing the conclusions from Mueller's investigation.

"Just days ago, it was revealed that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort provided Trump campaign polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a close associate of Mr. Deripaska," Schumer wrote. "Mr. Deripaska's deep financial and business ties to Paul Manafort are well documented. Federal court filings indicate that at one point Mr. Manafort owed Mr. Deripaska as much as $10 million."

In rebuke to Trump administration, more than 130 Republicans break ranks to oppose Treasury plan to lift sanctions against Putin ally.
Republicans joined House Democrats in opposing a Treasury plan to lift Russian sanctions against companies controlled by a Vladimir Putin ally. The 362-to-53 vote registers formal House disapproval of plans to relax sanctions against companies controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, and comes despite last-minute appeals by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. A similar measure narrowly failed in the Senate this week, despite 11 Republicans breaking ranks to vote with Democrats. Treasury said it intends to lift sanctions the U.S.

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