White House pushing Republicans in the House to relax new Russia sanctions

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The White House is seeking to influence some GOP House members to ease up on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions, hoping that the lower chamber will provide “administration-friendly” changes, according to Politico.

The Senate voted Wednesday, 97-2, to pass a measure that would toughen sanctions on Russia and would prevent the White House from unilaterally removing the sanctions imposed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2016.

“I’m concerned about it, but I don’t really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Politico in an interview. “I can’t imagine the House would want to be apologists for Russian behavior after the combined weight of the intelligence communities all weighing in saying, ‘Look, they attacked the United States’.”

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Donald Trump Impeachment Begins if Mueller Fired, Lieu Says

Representative Ted Lieu of California said he believes Congress will start the impeachment process if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Lieu said in an interview with MSNBC Friday. “And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then got special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings.”

Source: Donald Trump Impeachment Begins if Mueller Fired, Lieu Says | Time.com

Trump owes millions to banks lobbying the government

What we have here is a deeply crooked man occupying the White House. The question is–why wasn’t the press vigilant before he won the election last year?

Financial disclosure documents released Friday by the Office of Government Ethics shed new light on President Trump’s finances, even as he refuses to release his tax returns. The documents show that Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars to major financial institutions — some with business before Trump’s administration.

According to section 8 of the disclosure documents, Trump lists liabilities with 10 creditors. The minimum amount he owes is $315 million. Based on the maximum amounts listed, he could owe more than half a billion dollars to the creditors.

Among Trump’s largest creditors is Deutsche Bank, which has faced requests from Democrats to explain its lending to Trump. Deutsche Bank earlier this month rejected that request.

According to lobbying records, Deutsche Bank in 2017 has been pressing federal officials on “issues related to Dodd-Frank Act reform” and “issues related to the regulation of foreign banks.” Trump has pushed to repeal key portions of the Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.