The Associated Press reports:
Three senior House Democrats are demanding Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin turn over documents that would show how his department decided to lift financial sanctions against three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Reps. Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and Eliot Engel say in a letter sent Tuesday to Mnuchin that they want a broad array of material, “regardless of classification,” that may include the intelligence reporting used to justify removal of the penalties.
“Deripaska is a close associate of Russian President Putin with ties to President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been convicted of numerous serious financial crimes uncovered through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Maxine Waters, the Financial Services chairwoman; Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee; and Eliot Engel, chairman of Foreign Affairs, wrote in a letter to Mnuchin on Tuesday.
I have serious concerns about Steven Mnuchin’s dealings with Russia. With sanctions being lifted, we need to know whether his financial interests played a role in these decisions — and whether our democracy has been compromised. https://t.co/TNKvFOf5tR
— Jackie Speier (@JackieSpeier) January 29, 2019
🔥“The Manafort connection to Deripaska is essential…people really need to focus on the Manafort-Deripaska relationship. It’s essentially a Trump-Putin connection.” ~Former @CIA Chief of #Russia🇷🇺operations @StevenLHall1
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) January 29, 2019