VIDEO: Rep. Deutch on CNN New Day Discussed Trump Jr. Emails, Need for House to Pass Russia Sanctions

 On Thursday morning, July 13, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined CNN's New Day to discuss with John Berman the inappropriateness of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a lawyer connected to the Russian government and the urgent need for Speaker Ryan to allow the House to vote on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation.

You can watch the full interview here, or you can watch clips by clicking on each image.

Here’s what Congress can do, John. Congress can send and the Speaker can take action this week to send the Russia sanctions bill that the Senate passed to the President and see if the President will sign it. That's a policy matter that will put the President to the test of whether or not he's willing, as he says, to be tough with Russia or whether he's really the President that we saw during the campaign as the candidate who kept talking about wanting to be friends with Russia. This is a serious matter. Russia interfered with our election. Congress is trying to toughen sanctions. That’s what the American people want and expect. That’s what the Speaker ought to allow us to vote on so the President has a chance to sign it.

Deutch: We ought to start holding hearings in the Judiciary Committee, where we bring in all the relevant parties to have a discussion about and have hearings about these revelations, to start talking about, for example, what constitutes obstruction of justice, whether the firing of the FBI Director because of an investigation like this might constitute obstruction of justice.

Deutch: We heard about the President’s meeting with Putin where the President sat down and, instead of looking Putin in the eye and saying, look, the American Intelligence Community has told me that you've interfered with our election and America will not stand for it, instead, he looked at Putin and asked him, as the President told Reuters yesterday, asked him once, did you do it? Then he asked him again, did you do it? And then, when Putin denied it, he decided that it was appropriate to enter into some sort of cybersecurity compact with Russia. It’s outrageous. It’s a sign of weakness. That’s why it's so important for us to ratchet up the sanctions on Russia, and the President is the person that's going to need to sign that to make that happen.

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