Skip to comments.Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Russian...Request to Question Fmr. U.S. Diplomats
Posted on 07/19/2018 5:30:45 PM PDT by familyop
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday expressing opposition to the notion the United States might cooperate with the Russian government to make former U.S. diplomats, officials, and military members available for questioning.
The resolution is a direct response to Russian President Vladimir Putin discussing with the President Donald Trump on Monday the possibility of prosecuting American-born British financier Bill Browder, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and others for alleged crimes. The offer from Putin developed after the Justice Department indicted 12 GRU military intelligence officers for their involvement in Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin proposed his cooperation to let U.S. investigators question the intelligence agents in exchange for an opportunity to question individuals on Russia's list of alleged criminals.
The resolution states:
Expressing the sense of Congress against the making available of current former dipomants, officials, and members of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin.
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the United States should refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin.
Only Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Richard Shelby (R., Ala.) were absent for the vote.
Uncertainty over the administration's stance on the issue continued this week after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump would work his team to decide if the Russian government should be allowed to question former U.S. diplomats.
The State Department was more vocal in opposing Putin's proposal on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said "the overall assertions that have come out of the Russian government are absolutely absurd. The fact that they want to question 11 American citizens and the assertions that the Russian government is making about those American citizens, we do not stand by those assertions that the Russian government makes."
And to those of you who will disagree with this information being made available, remember that you wouldn't be where you are today without our U.S. Constitution and the original intentions behind it. This is the U.S.A., and our nation's direction will be restored one way or another.
[Oh...and the emphasis in bold font in the article is mine.]
Because that's all they have to do?
They maybe forgot that Bill Browder is not an American. Why would they want to protect him? I think we all know why.
Interesting that so many would vote on a subject they don’t get a vote on.
Are they ALL stupid?
Besides, these men are likely guilty of crimes that would be adjudicated so in any country of the world.
Extradite without conditions.
“for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin”
There is no “government of Vladimir Putin”. It does not exist.
Yet another McTurtle backstabbing of Trump.
while over in Britain -
19 Jul: RT: Identification of Skripal suspects is ‘wild speculation’ - UK security minister
UK Security Minister Ben Wallace has dismissed claims police identified the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury as wild speculation.
The Tory minister Tweeted, in response to the Press Association post, that the report “belongs in the ill informed and wild speculation folder.”...
Asked about the latest developments, Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said he is still awaiting official confirmation from Britain.
These are media reports, unfortunately there are no official statements from the British side. I want to hear from Scotland Yard, from the Foreign Office. Many versions [published] in the newspapers are not confirmed at official level, Yakovenko told journalists in Moscow...
The Russian envoy added that as London has produced no evidence that Moscow is responsible, the attack and its possible perpetrators was not discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump at their meeting in Helsinki...
Ah, they passed a resolution, most likely non binding, how...............resolute of them.
Ex-pat American and if I recall the story is his grandfather was the head of the Communist Party USA this stinks
These critters are as worthless as T*ts on a Bull.
Anyone who would ditch his U S Citizenship to avoid paying taxes is SCUM!
It was non-binding. The Senate version of virtue signaling.
Former diplomats have international immunity? Had no clue. We do have a bilateral treaty with Russia which the senate approved and the president signed to investigate and follow up on crimes involving corruption - guess the deep state doesn’t want the Russians looking into their piggy banks...
Their are many traitors and seditionists in our midst .
Why the F is McConnell even ALLOWING this stupid, fantasy-based resolution?
Idiotic, all this because Trump did Putin the empty courtesy of not laughing in his face.
Hint: Set up a rendezvous in Iceland where Mueller can question the Russians he indicted and Russia can question the diplomats he believes are responsible for money laundering.
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