DEMS/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees are accusing the Trump administration of violating a law requiring a report on human rights abuses in Russia. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs panel, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the Financial Services chairwoman, on Monday [5-6-19] said the Trump administration is four months late to a deadline requiring a report on the U.S. government’s efforts to impose sanctions on human rights abusers in Russia…A Democratic aide said the Trump administration ‘had assured us at working levels that the report was done and just delayed by bureaucracy,’ but Engel and Waters moved to demand the report on Monday ‘once it became clear that we were facing a more protracted delay.’ The committee chairs are demanding the annual report and an explanation for its delay by May 17. The Trump administration has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans for slow-walking the implementation of mandatory sanctions against Russia, including those intended to punish Moscow for its interference in the 2016 presidential election.”

Andrew Desiderio, “Dems accuse Trump of flouting Russia sanctions deadline,” Politico, May 6, 2019 3:08 pm