Dems read Trump Jr.'s emails on House floor

House Republican leaders want to attach a bill increasing sanctions on North Korea to legislation to restrain the president and stiffen punitive measures against Russian Federation and Iran, a last-minute wrinkle that could further delay the bill's progress through Congress.

Castro pointed out that the sanctions legislation passed in the Senate 98-2, and that after similar legislation was introduced in the House, only Trump and Ryan were keeping it from becoming law.

Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, said earlier Monday "the administration is fully supportive of (current Iran and Russia) sanctions".

The messages reveal that Mr Trump Jr was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Mrs Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Ashley Etienne, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said that Democrats have been demanding for weeks, to no avail, that the House Republican leadership bring the sanctions bill to the floor for a vote. The package required a process to be set up by Congress to approve any effort by the United States president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

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The sanctions bill incorporates penalties on the Kremlin over election interference and would trigger congressional review in case the administration tries to ease or suspend sanctions on Russian Federation.

"While the new bill is identical to what the Senate passed [last month], it will be labeled as House legislation to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate", reads the report.

"I love it", Mr Trump Jr said in one email response. But Democrats then objected to a change by the Senate that they said weakened the bill by making it more hard for the House to vote on any change in sanctions policy by Trump. "We could have fixed it in five minutes", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

"You know me on this issue, I'm a Russia hawk, I believe in strong, bold Russian sanctions", Ryan said.

It is hoped that a breakthrough can be reached soon, with Democrats hoping to water down the language enough for them to be able to pass it.

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But Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel, argued things are different this year, even if he predicted the Trump amendments would not get votes.

On Friday, Republicans suggested reworking the legislation to add new sanctions on North Korea.

"But weighing the equities, what was more important was passing the Russia-Iran sanctions bill", the California Democrat said.

A Treasury spokesman told CNNMoney that the agency "takes responsiveness to congressional requests very seriously and is committed to providing useful and appropriate responses to requests from Congressional members".

She went on to list potential charges without providing further context: "Criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, impeding the lawful administration of a federal election or to make an offense against the United States, cybercrime, hacking against USA citizens-the Clinton campaign". "House Republicans shouldn't be providing cover for the administration and its affection for Russian Federation".

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Iron ore is among China's biggest imports from the North after it stopped buying coal this year due to the sanctions. He said Chinese imports from the North fell 36.5 percent in March, 41.6 percent in April and 31.6 percent in May.

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