The Trump-Russia investigation: A Timeline

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But we've seen a lot in recent days from Trump's White House that suggests the administration is more likely than not to get eaten alive by this scandal.

The Russia sanctions bill passed the Senate on June 15 by 98-2, but it has not come up for a vote in the House.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released an email trail from last summer confirming the odd circumstances of his meeting with a Russian lawyer who has Kremlin ties.

"We have very heavy sanctions on Russian Federation right now", Trump told reporters on Air Force One in what was originally an off-the-record conversation Wednesday night, according to excerpts released by the White House.

Until news broke on Tuesday that Donald Trump Jr. sat down with a lawyer he was told was a Russian government operative promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the idea that campaigns should refuse secret help from foreigners was an uncontroversial idea. "Somebody said, Donald Trump wants to - I don't want to take them off".

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new version of a Russian Federation and Iran sanctions bill on Wednesday, hoping to send a message to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow.

"For anyone to expect us to understand and trust them, and give them back locations in which they were spying on us is simply absolutely ludicrous and against the best interest of the United States", Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, told CNN Friday.

It's not clear the Trump administration is actively planning to return the sites, though the Washington Post reported in June the idea was among several topics USA diplomats discussed with their Russian counterparts. The Senate GOP is facing a slim margin for passage, with a couple of lawmakers already saying they won't approve it. Trump said he'll be at his desk, "pen in hand!" to sign the bill if it passes.

But Trump also confirmed that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the pending congressional sanctions legislation during their meeting last week at the G-20 summit in Germany and left open the door to easing sanctions if his administration could gain something from Putin in the process.

"Instead of defending the integrity of American democracy, instead of holding the Trump White House accountable for its complicity, instead of showing Russian Federation that there will be consequences, the House Republican majority does nothing", Pelosi asserted.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen.

As the scandal over the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation continues to consume all of the oxygen Washington-with issues like healthcare only getting the chance to breathe during short interregnums between news dumps-it's important for those of us holed up in Dupont circle offices to remember that things are playing differently outside the capital.

On Friday, Corker said he would be "more than glad" to consider adding North Korea to the legislation if the House chose to do so.

On that, Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly issued the ready-made statement from President Trump: "My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency".

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Rep.

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