"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", Schumer said in a news release.
Also this weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations" with Putin from members of his own administration-"including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials".
Other US officials learned that Trump had taken possession of the notes when they asked the interpreter for information about the discussion beyond a brief readout Tillerson had provided.
A White House spokesman contacted by the Washington Post who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the administration has sought to "improve the relationship with Russian Federation".
Bernstein, who is renowned for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon, appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss two bombshell reports released this weekend, one from The New York Times and one from The Washington Post, which revealed new details about whether or not Trump and his aides have colluded with Russian Federation.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted on Sunday that his committee tried to subpoena the interpreter who, according to the Post, Trump attempted to silence.
"I know what the president likes to do".
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing". "I do it with all countries".
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Trump told Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night that the Times article was "the most insulting" thing ever written about him. "I couldn't care less".
Trump said he fired Comey because 'he was a bad liar, and he did a awful job as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director'.
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"If you compare objectively, President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia - by any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentler on Russia". "This is absurd", she said.
"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response. That meeting is open for grabs", he said, referring to a conversation with Putin about Israel. I'd prefer not, primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built. There was a translator so I'm sure she took notes down simultaneously in order to translate.
Schumer said given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation has not yet concluded, "It's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place".
Trump has repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.