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Democratic Committee Leaders Respond to the Trump Administration’s Lifting of Sanctions on Russian Businesses Tied to Oleg Deripaska Washington DC, January 29, 2019
Today, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Treasury Department lifted sanctions against companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on January 27: 

“We are deeply troubled by the decision of the Department of the Treasury to move forward with lifting sanctions against En+, Rusal, and EuroSibEnergo (ESE) – businesses tied to sanctioned Russian oligarch and close Putin ally Oleg Deripaska – before Congress had the opportunity to review the terms of this deal thoroughly, and despite a reasonable request for a brief delay. Mr. Deripaska has a history of involvement with Moscow for malign purposes, and we have serious questions about whether the agreement reached between Treasury and Mr. Deripaska sufficiently divests him of resources for this ability.


As we informed Secretary Mnuchin in a January 8 letter, Treasury’s notification of the lifting of sanctions was delivered to Congress just before an extended recess and a government shutdown. These factors prevented us from completing our review under the 30-day period provided under CAATSA. Secretary Mnuchin had an opportunity to right that misstep by providing an extension for congressional review but chose nevertheless to move forward with delisting, despite clear concerns with the deal in the House and the Senate; numerous outstanding information requests from Members; and an overwhelming bipartisan vote against delisting these companies in the House on January 17. 

“We are considering additional legislative actions to ensure that Treasury and these companies comply with the agreement in letter and in spirit, and to prevent something like this from happening again in the future. More importantly, we will continue our oversight of Treasury’s decision by examining the terms of this deal and its implementation to safeguard against harmful actors like Mr. Deripaska benefitting from the Treasury’s delisting decisions. We do not believe termination of the sanctions has relieved Treasury of its obligation to explain fully this deal to Members.” https://financialservices.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401743

Why no mention of Lord Barker?

Lord Barker of Battle, the chair of the aluminium giant EN+ which is majority-owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, did not wish to appear in open session before MPs because he hopes to persuade Washington to lift the sanctions, letters show… Barker, a former energy minister who has also been employed by Roman Abramovich,…“. See: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/30/tory-peer-declines-to-give-public-evidence-to-mps-over-russian-firm

US Congresswoman Speier about possible Mnuchin conflict of interest: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/us-congresswoman-speier-letter-to-mnuchin-re-possible-conflict-of-interest-in-lifting-of-russian-sanctions/

Why did Kamala Harris fail to prosecute Mnuchin? Is anyone investigating her family’s possible Russia connections? Her grandfather was a diplomat in India, which was in the Soviet sphere of influence and India remains very close to Russia. Her mother’s family name is the same as a well-known communist. Her father may be a Marxist, based on a cursory look at the titles of his publications – obviously not a crime, but could be part of a larger picture. If they were really involved in the Civil Rights movement, there should be FBI files. Remember that Trump’s mother, like Kamala’s parents, was born and raised a British Subject and came to the United States as an adult.