Senator Blocks Trump Admin Pick – Demands Docs From Treasury Dept. First

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Oh snap. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is back at it again, and this time he means business.

On Wednesday, the Senator of Oregon said in a statement that he’s placed a hold on President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the administration’s sanctions policy. Wyden then offered up a deal, saying he would lift the hold if the Treasury Department hands over documents detailing the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

‘I have stated repeatedly that we have to follow the money if we are going to get to the bottom of how Russia has attacked our democracy. That means thoroughly review any information that relates to financial connections between Russia and President Trump and his associates, whether direct or laundered through hidden or illicit transactions. The office which Ms. Mandelker has been nominated to head is responsible for much of this information.’

According to The Hill, the hold significantly slows down the nomination process of Trump’s pick to be the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, Sigal Mandelker. Trump nominated the former Department of Justice official for the position back in March.

Wyden went on to demand that Mandleker provide the Senate Intelligence and Finance Committees with “information and documents related to Russia and its financial dealings” related to the Trump campaign.

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee made an official request for the financial information of Trump’s associates. The Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CNN:

‘We’ve made a request, to FinCEN in the Treasury Department, to make sure, not just for example vis-a-vis the president, but just overall our effort to try to follow the intel no matter where it leads. You get materials that show I there have been, what level of financial ties between, I mean some of the stuff, some of the Trump-related officials, Trump campaign-related officials and other officials and where those dollars flow — not necessarily from Russia.’

Warner went on to say that he wouldn’t support Mandelker’s nomination until the Committee received the documents from the Trump camp.

‘Until we get it, I’m not going to support the administration’s nominee for undersecretary of Treasury finance, for terrorism and finance, because they owe us these documents first.’

Feature Image via Getty Images/Aaron P. Bernstein.