"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.
President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post.
The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other U.S. officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".
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".
At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The Russia reports came as Trump plays up his presence at the White House during the standoff with Democrats over funding for his long-promised wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.
(CNN)Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States, modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President nearly daily.
"Well, I can't tell you because I don't devote too much time", Trump said, without completing the sentence. "I do it with all countries".
During a friendly television interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, Trump blasted the notion that he is - or ever was - a secret agent for Russian Federation. I'm not keeping anything under wraps.
Needless to say, this is all very unusual behavior for a United States president, and Trump has not attempted to hide his interactions with other world leaders.
President Trump called a recent New York Times article revealing that he had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation after he fired former director James Comey "very horrible" and a "great insult".
She pointed out that the investigation was looking into whether the president was "actively working for Russia" and asked, "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" "After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn't know anything (a lie),".
Thursday, prior to the publishing of The Washington Post's story, Sen. "The Foreign Affairs Committee will seek to get to the bottom of it". And, he said if he had subpoena power, the first thing he'd go after would be the notes from the translator in the Putin meeting. "They've actually gotten me wrong for many years before that".
Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Sunday that whether Trump was a witting or unwitting agent of Russian Federation is "the defining question" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.