Congresswoman Maxine Waters is not playing around. Watch her blast Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin over the administration’s failure to implement Russia sanctions on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testified before the House Financial Stability Oversight Council. And it didn’t go well.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) grilled Mnuchin over the administration’s failure to impose sanctions on Russia for interfering in our 2016 election. Waters pointed out that the Treasury Department missed the deadline to impose the sanctions that were passed almost unanimously with a veto-proof majority in Congress.
Mnuchin tried to make an excuse that it was really the fault of the State Department. But Maxine wasn’t buying it.
“Who is responsible for delegating what was passed by an overwhelming majority of this House to the State Department?”
“The president,” Mnuchin answered.
“So the president decided that despite the fact that in the law that we passed, it delegated responsibility to Treasury, that he decided that he wanted it to be delegated to the State Department rather than Treasury,” Waters said. “And this is your excuse for not having implemented the law, is that correct?”
“No, it’s not my excuse. The president,” Mnuchin said, “had the authority to delegate within that as he chose fit.”
“But the final conclusion is that nothing has been done!” Waters said firmly. “There has been no waiver, there has been no delay, there has not been anything that has been done. You did not waive or delay sanctions. That is the conclusion.”
Mnuchin then tried to tell her that the Treasury had done an “enormous amount of work” on the sanctions.
“Would you describe the ‘enormous amount of work’ that has been done?” Maxine pushed.
Mnuchin said that there was proof that he has been working hard on the sanctions but he couldn’t tell her about it because it was classified.
Waters was incensed.
She gasped, “Are you telling me that your response to the overwhelming majority of this Congress having created law to impose sanctions on Russia that undermined our democracy, that your response is classified??”
“I assure you that as it relates to the work being done in Treasury, there will be sanctions,” Mnuchin said. “We complied with the law on time.”
“The Congress of the United States does not know what you are doing!” Waters shot back. “The Congress of the United States does not expect that your response to the public policy that was developed by us be somehow responded to in a classified way.”
Rep. Maxine Waters repeatedly presses Treasury Sec. Mnuchin on Russian sanctions passed by Congress last year. "This is your excuse for not having implemented the law?" https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/V6qXRWS4tT
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