New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House foreign affairs committee, charged that adding the North Korean sanctions legislation was "silly" and said, "It's clear to me they are trying to kill" the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill. "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".
"I don't think there's any doubt that the White House does not want this piece of legislation to pass", House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says.
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 it's very important that these professionals in these committees do their jobs so that we can get to the bottom of all of this".
Failure to move the bill forward could make it appear that Republicans aren't willing to punish Moscow for its interference in the election, as the USA intelligence community has found it did. On Tuesday, Trump Jr. posted copies of the email exchange that preceded the meeting in which an intermediary made it clear that the information was taken by Russian Federation in an effort to help Trump win the election.
Question time in the Briefing Room was kicked off by Kevin Corke of Fox News setting the tone for the rest of the day by asking at what point "did the President discuss with Donald Trump, Jr. that meeting?"
"This is not controversial; Russian officials involved in interfering in our elections previous year must not be allowed to get away with it", said Deutch.
Announcing plans to try to force votes to get an investigation, Pelosi said, "Earlier this week, we saw cold hard evidence that the Trump administration and the Trump family have eagerly meant to collude with Russian Federation, a hostile foreign policy, to influence an American election".
But Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel, argued things are different this year, even if he predicted the Trump amendments would not get votes.
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".
Democrats were predictably furious.
A handful of Republican operatives close to the White House are scrambling to Trump Jr.'s defense and have begun what could be an extensive campaign to try to discredit some of the journalists who have been reporting on the matter.
"It clearly shows intent to collude". They say it's best to leave it to outside counsel to handle the furor around Trump Jr., and fear inviting further legal jeopardy if Trump aides and allies more forcefully defend a meeting that they don't fully know the details of, according to the sources.
President Trump: "My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency".. Luther Strange, who faces a primary challenge August 15, recently told a county GOP executive committee. "Obama certainly doesn't have a son, but he has a daughter who wasn't meeting with Kremlin operatives to get after the Clinton campaign, so we have a slightly different situation". The Senate-passed bill prohibits Trump from returning the compounds to Moscow without congressional approval. Members of that panel said on Tuesday they had no prior knowledge of the email exchange, but said it raises legitimate questions that need to be addressed. But he added, "there's no reason to jump to conclusions here".
Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy said the "unfair treatment" under McConnell's original bill would have cost the state $2 billion.
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Yet after a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at last week's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Tillerson saw few differences.