U.S. congress gets power to restrain Trump on Russian Federation sanctions

"Americans are concerned about Russia's behavior in the Ukraine and Syria and they are concerned about Russia's increased cyber-intrusions", Sen.

The Republican-led Senate unanimously approved a measure emphasizing the importance of NATO's mutual defense pact, a not-so-subtle dig at President Donald Trump.

The vote to strengthen sanctions against Russia - which Senators on both parties made clear was created to send a message on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections - came hours after President Donald Trump had again mocked the investigation surrounding those charges.

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Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Moscow. John McCain, R-Ariz., said, Russians to date have paid no price for it.

But Congress is looking more and more likely to stand in his way. "Any idea of the president that he can lift sanctions on his own for whatever reason are dashed by this legislation", CNN quotes Sen.

However, the official did want it to be known that the administration "supports sanctions on Russian Federation and that the political ramifications of any veto have not been discussed yet".

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And after he was dismissed the incoming Pakistan bats kept the runs flowing at a decent pace. He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point.

The Russia sanctions measure was added as an amendment to an Iranian sanctions bill, after a deal was struck between the heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees. So the White House would have to reject stricter punishments against Iran, which it favors, in order to derail the parts of the legislation it may object to. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, both Republicans, were the only votes against it - bolsters existing sanctions and would allow Congress to thwart any presidential effort to curtail sanctions without congressional approval. Once the Iran bill passes the Senate, the legislation moves to the House for action.

Last week, the former FBI Director James Comey stated that there had been many stories about Russian Federation which are “just dead wrong” but, nonetheless, reiterated the “high-confidence judgement” that Moscow had systematically interfered in the United States elections a year ago without ever showing a shred of evidence for it. The two dissenting votes were Sen.

It's not clear what exact changes the White House wants to make to the bill, or that those changes would actually weaken the proposed penalties against Russian Federation, but Senate Democrats have been attempting to sound an alarm over just that possibility. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to push back at the legislation Wednesday at a House hearing.

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir delighted after beating India in Champions Trophy final
It was in twenty third over when Pakistan lost their wicket as a result of misunderstanding between Azhar and Fakhar. He was caught behind having scored just three but was reprieved because Jasprit Bumrah overstepped for a no-ball.

McCain described existing punitive measures against Russian Federation as "modest" and "reversible at the discretion of the president". Congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining the Russian interference and whether there was any collusion with Trump's campaign.

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