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From Banking and Finance Law Daily, June 5, 2018

Wyden blocking Treasury nominees pending receipt of Russia documents

By J. Preston Carter, J.D., LL.M.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, said he will continue blocking Treasury Department nominees until the Administration provides financial documents that he has requested "related to follow-the-money issues and Russia." "The administration needs to learn that cooperating with Congressional oversight isn’t optional - it’s a constitutional obligation," Wyden said, responding to a Presidential Radio Address in which President Trump charged the Democrats with obstructing without cause his nomination of Isabel Patelunas as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis.

Wyden placed a hold on Patelunas’s nomination on Sept. 22, 2017, following the administration’s refusal to comply with his request for documents related to Russia. "I plan to maintain my hold on Ms. Patelunas, and to block other nominations until this stonewalling ends," the senator said, following the President’s weekly radio address.

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