Due to the numerous investigations by the FBI, Justice Department, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller into President Trump’s Russia connections and possible criminal wrongdoing, the House and Senate have been working for weeks to come to an agreement on a bill that would exercise oversight over Trump’s presidential authority.
On Saturday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) announced that both parties have reached a bipartisan agreement to vote on the Russia, Iran and North Korea Sanctions Act on Tuesday that will not only hold Russia accountable but will limit Trump’s ability.
“The legislation ensures that both the Majority and Minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the Administration’s implementation of sanctions,” said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expects both the House and Senate to act “promptly” on the legislation and thinks it will pass without any issues.
Schumer added, “Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump’s seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential.”
Ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, also released a statement on the bipartisan effort, saying, “This tough, comprehensive sanctions bill holds North Korea and Iran accountable for their actions and sends a clear message to Moscow that the United States will not tolerate Russian attacks on democracy – from interference in our elections to aggression in Ukraine.”
Recently, Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions was outed in an intelligence intercept report that stated he spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about campaign-related communications up to and including dropping sanctions against Russia. He stated to Congress during his testimony that he did not.
“I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” Sessions said in March.
If the intelligence reports turn out to be true, that means he perjured himself on the stand. This is only the latest example showing that the Trump administration cannot be trusted with matters related to Moscow.
If the bill is passed, Trump will not be able to ease penalties on Russia.