The White House decided to hold off on imposing sanctions on certain individuals from Russia, which is causing confusion as to why deadlines and specifics are being changed.
Al Green couldn’t seem to get a straight answer out of Steven Mnuchin about these sanctions. The congressman stated, “I’m concerned about the sanctions that Congress legitimately desires to have imposed. I’m concerned as to whether they are being imposed, especially as it related to section 241, which accorded the secretary of the Treasury, the secretary of state, the director of national intelligence, to codify a list of these oligarchs. But it has also been reported that after compilation took place someone higher up decided that there was a better list that ought to be utilized.”
When asked to give clarification on what’s going on with the list, Mnuchin stated, “I don’t know what you’re implying in any way. So again, let me be perfectly clear, and I talked about this on the opening — there is a — again we’re fully complying with the law.”
When Green pressed further on whether the list was changed at all, Mnuchin stated that it hadn’t been. But when he was asked if people had been added, the treasury secretary seemed to pointedly dodge the question.