Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac Update

His Master’s Voice
(Hat tip: @pacelatin)

Don Lemon: “What is Donald Trump trying to hide? Why doesn’t he want the Mueller investigation to continue? Why did he decline to impose new sanctions on Russia today, as he had been ordered to do by Congress? What is going on here?”

So here’s what is going on.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAASTA) was meant to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 US election, as well as alleged human rights violations, the annexation of Crimea and ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine. It passed by overwhelming (and veto-proof) majorities (413 – 3 in Congress and 98 – 2 in the Senate).

From the Summary:

“The President must submit for congressional review certain proposed actions to terminate or waive sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.

“Specified executive order sanctions against Russia shall remain in effect.

“The President may waive specified cyber- and Ukraine-related sanctions.

“The bill provides sanctions for activities concerning: (1) cyber security, (2) crude oil projects, (3) financial institutions, (4) corruption, (5) human rights abuses, (6) evasion of sanctions, (7) transactions with Russian defense or intelligence sectors, (8) export pipelines, (9) privatization of state-owned assets by government officials, and (10) arms transfers to Syria.

“The Department of State shall work with the government of Ukraine to increase Ukraine’s energy security.

“The bill: (1) directs the Department of the Treasury to develop a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism, and (2) includes the Secretary of the Treasury on the National Security Council.”

The Russian Usurper decided to not impose any sanctions, because, you know: Putin.

So, to put it bluntly, as the Federal Government is about to head into another shutdown, Putin’s pal has decided again that his friendship with ol’ Vlad is much more important than working with Congress. Or obeying the law.

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7 Responses to Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac Update

  1. Ten Bears says:

    Treason is a hanging offense. I’d rather they were exiled to Siberia.

    OK, just exiled.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    He is Disobeying Congress now. I sure did think there were consequences to that, but I see if it’s “your party” those rules no longer apply. It does seems the “rule of law” has an end point when you get to a certain amount of income. Very sad that.
    I understand our laws don’t quite work this way, but it would be easier at this point to prosecute each and ever one of them, and let the few innocent ones slide out the seams, as the guilty do now.
    “What a world, what a world”

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  3. roket says:

    1) Democrats should be all over this.
    b) Can’t wait to hear the pretzel logic from his supporters.

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  4. MDavis says:

    The dog ate his homework. Oh, wait, he doesn’t have a dog, never had one. I guess … Hillary ate his homework!


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