House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she thinks President Donald Trump and his family members may have violated campaign finance law, and potentially laws prohibiting cybercrime and espionage as well, through their meetings with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But Republicans from the White House to Capitol Hill have said Democrats are playing "political games" and are being "hysterical". It has been a subject of "robust discussion", according to three people with knowledge of the talks who were cited by The Post.
The letter was sent to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Jr. ahead of his meetings with Russian officials next week.
During the 70-minute chat, Trump touched on a variety of subjects, from relations with Russian Federation and China to tariffs and trade, healthcare and his promised wall on the border with Mexico, complete with solar panels. The fund is normally used to cover party-related expenses like election recounts.
The leadership had initially stalled the vote claiming a technical incompatibility with the already-passed Senate version, but even after the Senate made the requested changes, they've shown no sign of moving, except for talking up the idea of adding North Korea.
House Democrats have been objecting to sending the bill back to the Senate by unanimous consent and GOP leaders have been hesitant to call it up for a vote, because blue slip issues have typically been addressed in a bipartisan fashion.
He said he expected the House to make changes that would not affect the bill's overall character and to address issues that have anxious energy companies, such as a provision that oil firms said could block them out of global exploration projects if Russian firms were also involved. "I think he's a tremendous guy", Trump said about Xi. Trump Jr. says the attorney had no such information.
On Thursday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz introduced two amendments in the House Appropriations Committee with the goal of revoking Kushner's clearance.
Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said "the best we can [do] is not on the table right now" and announced plans to unveil an alternative this week, according to Bloomberg. These include a procedural move, a "resolution of inquiry", by which the Democrats intend to force a vote on a request that Attorney General Jeff Sessions disclose information about his meetings past year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak-among other matters.