Republicans Go Against Trump to Back Bid to Keep Deripaska Sanctions

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The House vote comes after a parallel measure narrowly failed in the Republican-controlled Senate, where 11 Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats.

Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the bipartisan result sent a strong message to the Trump administration which he said was "trying to make an end run around Congress on an issue as important as Russian Federation sanctions".

Democrats also expressed concern about Deripaska's deep ties with Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager convicted previous year of financial crimes uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Ties between associates of Trump and Russian officials have been scrutinized.

This oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, had also been cited by prosecutors as a financial supporter of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's alleged criminal activity in Ukraine.

Mnuchin's House briefing came after seven new Democratic chairmen called him in, one of the first moves of the new Democratic House to scrutinize Trump's actions related to Russian Federation. Speaking after the Senate meeting, he said the sanctions "shouldn't be a political issue". Rusal, one of the world's largest aluminum companies. Senate Republicans who voted to let Treasury go ahead argued that the Deripaska-linked companies followed the law that Congress passed in 2017 by removing Deripaska as majority owner of the companies.

However, European governments and American manufacturers have urged the Senate not to reimpose the sanctions, which have reportedly caused the price of aluminum to rise. He had already resigned from the boards of Rusal and En+.

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I will update this post as needed with any public explanation Grassley or Ernst provide for helping lift sanctions on Deripaska's companies.

While that satisfied the White House, it wasn't enough to sway Boozman. Russian Federation has denied meddling and Trump has said no collusion took place. "I think in this situation I wanted to continue to show our displeasure because of those things and not reward bad behavior".

In the House, 136 Republicans voted with Democrats, sending a strong bipartisan message of disapproval to President Donald Trump's administration on Russian Federation. "There is no indication that Russian policy has changed, so now is not the time to lift sanctions".

Cotton said he also was unswayed.

Trump administration officials, and many Republicans who opposed the resolution, said they anxious about the impacts of the sanctions on the global aluminum industry and that Deripaska had lowered his stakes in the companies so that he no longer controls them, a sign the sanctions were working. I commend them for those efforts. These companies have committed to significantly diminish Deripaska's ownership and sever his control.

The Administration should maintain the current USA sanctions regime against Russia and Russian entities - and to impose new sanctions as necessary and merited by Russian behavior -unless Ukraine's control over Crimea is restored, Russia fully respects the Minsk agreements, and ceases all efforts to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty.

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