Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage after the Trump administration announced it would not impose new sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that these sanctions were enshrined in a law passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last year amid concerns about Russia meddling in the 2016 election. Instead, the State Department released a list of prominent Russian political leaders and “oligarchs.” The “oligarchs” list is an exact copy of Russians listed on the Forbes magazine 2017 billionaires list. This is New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “Well, the Trump administration has had six months to configure a sanctions regime, sanctions based on a vote, as you heard from Senator Brown, 517 to 5 in Congress. And what did they come up with? They gave us this list. This is the unclassified list. As Senator Cardin said, the oligarchs that are part of this list are taken from Forbes magazine.”
This comes as CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with top Russian officials.