Trump totally would impose the sanctions today, but they are being fake audited, so no can do. https://t.co/g2uyc8fMrD
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 30, 2018
Congress voted 517-5 to impose sanctions on Russia. The President decides to ignore that law. Folks that is a constitutional crisis. There should be outrage in every corner of this country.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 30, 2018
Congress orders Trump to punish Putin—for cyberattacking American democracy to help Trump win.
In return, Trump chooses to defy Congress, refuses to punish Putin, praises him relentlessly, and does nothing to deter future cyberattacks.
There’s no innocent explanation.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 30, 2018
The answer "But duh dossier" is not a legitimate reason for the President ignoring a law imposing sanctions on Russia that passed the House 419-3 and Senate 98-2.
But you *watch* Team Clickservative and Gentry Breitbart will sure as hell defend it.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 30, 2018
‘Trump is ours again!’ Russian TV host celebrates after White House refuses to enforce new sanctions https://t.co/ul9BX6UAZG
— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 30, 2018
The Trump administration admits it cribbed Forbes’ “200 richest businessmen in Russia 2017” rankings to make its Russian “oligarch list” https://t.co/UnfghfyCpq
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 30, 2018
“Not only did they just cut and paste without any nuance, but they also didn’t appear to double-check the list, which is disturbing.” https://t.co/R54OKbvBqv
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 30, 2018
… Last summer, Congress passed bipartisan legislation — the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act — that called for new sanctions against entities conducting “significant” business with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.
The legislation also called on the Trump administration to compile what had come to be referred to as the “Kremlin report” or “oligarch list” — a list of names of people well-connected to the Kremlin and within Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The individuals wouldn’t face immediate penalties, but the list would essentially serve as a warning shot for Russian elites who could face penalties later.
Both the sanctions and the list of oligarchs were expected by Monday. Instead, the State Department informed Congress that it would not be adding sanctions, and the U.S. Treasury published a list not of Putin’s inner circle, but of people whose names appear on the Kremlin website and in Forbes’s 2017 list of the wealthiest Russians.
The confusing, and seemingly contradictory, moves highlight apparent chaos in U.S. sanctions policy when it comes to Russia, and they sparked criticism in both Moscow and Washington…
“What Treasury did here meets the kind of legal requirements of the report,” said Peter Harrell, a former senior State Department official who worked on sanctions. “But it clearly didn’t meet what Congress wanted out of this report — a sense of [which] Russian officials are really helping Putin’s regime.”
Harrell, now a senior fellow also with the Center for a New American Security, said the list was supposed to be a “naming and shaming exercise.” The administration “went with an approach that does the naming, but very clearly tries to avoid the shaming part of that by naming everyone,” he said…
The Kremlin, for its part, seemed unworried by the latest developments in Washington…
Laziest batch of kleptocratic revanchists since… I dunno, the court of Charles X?