Rep. Deutch Demands Vote on Russia Sanctions Bill Following Trump Jr. Email Disclosure

 In light of the disclosure of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails detailing the illegal purpose of his meeting with a lawyer connected to the Russian government, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued this statement urging House Republican Leadership to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions bill:

When the Senate votes 98-2 on anything, it’s a safe bet that it’s a widely bipartisan and broadly accepted bill. This is not controversial; Russian officials involved in interfering in our elections last year must not be allowed to get away with it. Especially in light of today’s revelations that the Trump campaign met with Russian officials intent on swaying the election, Congress needs to show unity and impose sanctions for these very acts. Speaker Ryan needs to find his backbone to stand up to President Trump and let the House vote on this sanctions bill this week. It’s no surprise that the White House has voiced its opposition to this bill and tougher sanctions on Russia. Failure to act on this sanctions bill makes the Speaker complicit in the White House’s apparent efforts to repay Russia’s political favors.

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