Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill accused President Donald Trump of ignoring federal law and thrusting the country into a “constitutional crisis.”
“Congress voted 517-5 to impose sanctions on Russia. The President decides to ignore that law. Folks that is a constitutional crisis. There should be outrage in every corner of this country,” McCaskill tweeted Tusday.
However, it’s unclear what about the White House’s decision constitutes a so-called “constitutional crisis.” The bill passed gives the executive branch leniency in the timing of the implementation of the new sanctions.
“The sanctions bill requires the imposition of penalties by Monday against entities doing ‘significant’ business with Moscow’s defense and intelligence sectors,” yet these sanctions can be delayed as long as “Congress is notified that prospective targets are ‘substantially reducing’ that business,” according to Politico.
The White House said that the sanctions weren’t necessary yet because their mere threat is already “serving as a deterrent” towards Russian businesses. Deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN Monday that he anticipates the Treasury Department will “take this process the next step forward.”
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