>> In a short time.>> Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said over the weekend that he will force a vote this week on the Trump administration's decision to lift sanctions. On companies controlled by a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, as well as Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
In a statement, Schumer said, I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed. And fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies. And the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place. After a closed door briefing with Treasury Secretary Steve Manuchin about the sanctions on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the meeting a waste of time.
>> It was one of the worst classified briefings we've received from the Trump administration. The Secretary barely testified, answered some questions, but he didn't give testimony.>> The Treasury announced last month that would it ease sanctions on Deripaska's core businesses. And Manuchin insisted the administration would keep tight control on companies linked to Deripaska.
But Schumer said that given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort. And since the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia has not yet concluded. Quote, it's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place. Federal authorities say tax returns for a company controlled by Manafort and his wife showed a $10 million loan from a Russian lender identified as Oleg Deripaska.
Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax fraud in August. And he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller's investigation in September to avoid a second federal trial in Washington.