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Mnuchin to brief the house on Russia sanctions decision, Dems demand acting AG Whitaker testify in this month

Minister of Finance, Steven Mnuchin, and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (AP photos)

Minister of Finance, Steven Mnuchin brief lawmakers on Thursday on the Treasury Department to facilitate the decision to impose sanctions against companies in connection with a Russian oligarch, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed in the office in Wednesday.

The briefing scheduled was requested after seven Democratic Chairman of the house Committee, to know why the Ministry announced last month that it would raise sanctions against the aluminum-manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Oleg Deripaska. Mnuchin, says Deripaska would stay put in the black list, as part of the sanctions targeting Russian business people, but that the company had committed to, “Deripaska’s property and sever his control decrease.”

The democratic letter, said the agreement appeared to allow Deripaska to hold “a significant investment” in a company, the energy-related holding company EN+ Group, and requested the instruction “for a full discussion of the agreement, the sanctions, the termination and the impact of these decisions on the U.S. efforts to end Russia’s malignant activities in our country.”

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Deripaska has. as a player, in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of his ties to Trump, the former campaign Manager Paul Manafort Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a $10 million annual contract with Manafort in 2006, and the two have a business relationship with until at least 2009.

Also Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, refused to Acting Attorney General Matthew to testify Whitaker offer before the panel next month, instead of insisting that Whitaker will appear no later than Jan. 29-the day that President Trump the State of the Union address is scheduled to deliver, before the Congress.

“As you know, wrote it almost 15 months since the [former] Attorney General [Jeff] sessions, testified before the Committee,” Nadler. “It is long since time for the Committee to carry out the supervision of the Department.”

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Whitaker had previously proposed, Nadler, that he should testify, Feb. 12, or Feb. 13, provided that “the Department is at least two weeks away from a partial government shutdown”. Nadler replied, “I can’t say accept your proposal,” that Whitaker’s testimony is necessary”, on a number of pressing issues.”

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According to needler, these matters included “a number of apparently false statements by government officials about national security threats at the southern border” and “the influence of the President [Trump]’s near-daily instructions to attack the integrity of the Department of Justice, the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”

In addition, Nadler wrote, Whitaker is likely to face questions about his refusal to recuse himself from the supervision of the Müller probe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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