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The disapproval of Trump-Mnuchin lifting sanctions “against three Russian companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is reportedly among those under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller and said to have deep ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: EN+ Group Plc, JSC EuroSibEnergo, and United Co. Rusal Plc.”  was overwhelming and bipartisan in the US House.
“In Treasury’s sanctions-lifting agreement, Deripaska would retain ownership of a significant portion of the companies. His relinquished shares would be distributed to people and entities that he is likely to have influence over. What’s more, Treasury’s proposed actions directly benefit him by paying down his debt with VTB Bank, which is itself sanctioned. Further, we’ve learned that the new Chairman of Deripaska’s company, handpicked by Treasury, is himself a critic of our Russia sanctions and defender of Putin.” (US Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Jan 17, 2019)
“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
Why did Kamala Harris fail to prosecute Mnuchin? Is anyone investigating her family’s possible Russia connections? Her grandfather was a diplomat in pro-Soviet India. 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.
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/
Meanwhile, Deripaska linked model was detained:
“Russia Detains Belarusian Escort Claiming Trump Secrets” Last Updated: January 17, 2019 20:53 GMT https://www.rferl.org/a/belarusian-escort-nastya-rybka-co-defendants-deported-from-thailand/29715069.html
“Waters Applauds House Passage of Resolution of Disapproval to Block the Trump Administration’s Actions to Ease Sanctions on Companies Tied to Russian Oligarch
Washington DC, January 17, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement applauding House passage of H.J. Res. 30, a Resolution of Disapproval to reverse the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s decision to lift sanctions on companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
“Today the House overwhelmingly passed H.J. Res. 30, a Resolution of Disapproval which reverses Treasury’s decision to lift sanctions on three companies owned by Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska is a Russian oligarch and a close confidant of Vladimir Putin. He is personally sanctioned by Treasury for being a criminal figure as well as a self-declared proxy of the Russian government. He also has a history with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who has been convicted of serious financial crimes uncovered through Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential election. “
In Treasury’s sanctions-lifting agreement, Deripaska would retain ownership of a significant portion of the companies. His relinquished shares would be distributed to people and entities that he is likely to have influence over. What’s more, Treasury’s proposed actions directly benefit him by paying down his debt with VTB Bank, which is itself sanctioned. Further, we’ve learned that the new Chairman of Deripaska’s company, handpicked by Treasury, is himself a critic of our Russia sanctions and defender of Putin. If we are to delist these companies, Deripaska should not be allowed to have any influence at all. “Treasury’s actions must not be allowed to stand. The House has spoken in passing this Resolution of Disapproval. Now it falls to the Senate to pass this Resolution immediately.” H.J. Res. 30 passed by a vote of 362-53.” http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll042.xml https://financialservices.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401722
“Rusal Ruse: Doggett on Trump Admin Lifting Sanctions on Russian Aluminum Producer
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Lloyd Doggett released the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration lifting sanctions on Rusal, a company controlled by sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Rep. Doggett previously uncovered that the Trump Administration granted a tariff exemption to Rusal USA. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/us/politics/rusal-tariff-exemption.html
“President Trump is sliding another big gift under Vladimir Putin’s Christmas Tree: lifting sanctions on Russian aluminum producer Rusal. Administration endorsement of what appears to be a shell game brokered by a sanctioned Russian bank, VTB Bank, involving one of Putin’s closest buddies, Oleg Deripaska, only encourages Putin to pursue his destabilizing activities around the world. If, after Congressional review, this is what it appears—a Rusal ruse—then we should reject this latest Trump scam.”
“Waters Statement on Senate Resolution to Block the Trump Administration’s Actions to Ease Sanctions on Companies Tied to Russian Oligarch Washington DC, January 14, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement regarding the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision in December to remove sanctions on three Russian companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska:
“I am very concerned about the Treasury Department’s actions to lift sanctions on businesses connected to Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska is a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin, who also has a history with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who has been convicted of serious financial crimes uncovered as a result of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential election.
“What’s more, Deripaska has faced numerous allegations of criminal activity and was cited by the Treasury Department in April as saying he does not separate himself from the Russian state. “I don’t believe Deripaska should be allowed to retain any influence or level of control over these companies.
“The Administration’s approach to Russia sanctions has been haphazard, often laggard, as well as inconsistent with its approach to sanctions imposed on other countries.
Moreover, the delisting agreement for Deripaska’s companies is too favorable to Deripaska, including by allowing him to benefit from potentially tens of millions of dollars in debt forgiveness by transferring some of his shares to a Russian bank to satisfy debts that Deripaska owes that bank. “For these reasons, I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers and across the aisle to hold this Administration accountable for its actions and ensure that the strongest possible sanctions against Russia remain in place.” https://financialservices.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401716
Note 1 is an excerpt from US Senator Schumer news release: https://www.democrats.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/schumer-to-force-senate-vote-to-block-trump-administrations-recent-action-to-relax-sanctions-against-three-russian-companies