Sen. Corker announces series of hearings on Russia to begin Wednesday
Two Senate committees will hold the first of a series of hearings on Russia Wednesday.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Senator Bob Corker is chairman, called Wednesday's meeting titled “An Update on American Diplomacy to Advance Our National Security Strategy." The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm and will feature testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Trump's recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The administration's ongoing dialogue with North Korea will also be discussed.
The Senate Banking Committee will convene a classified Members briefing with Administration officials to discuss Russia and the impact of sanctions.
“We worked closely together to write the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which substantially expanded sanctions on Russia and overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and House last summer, and are eager to continue the important work being done by our committees to push back on Russia,” Sen. Corker and Sen Crapo, who is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said.
Last week, Corker and Crapo were asked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold hearings on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). McConnell also asked them to recommend additional measures that could respond to or deter Russian malign behavior.
CAATSA, which was authored last summer by Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Mike Crapo, Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen. Sherrod Brown. CAATSA expanded sanctions against Russia's government in response to the regime's violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, interference in elections and current activities in Syria. The two committees are responsible for the predominant share of sanctions legislation in the Senate.
They are planning to hold additional hearings in the coming weeks.
According to a Senate spokesperson, here is a look at additional hearings being planned:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is planning to hold hearings on:
- The value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- The broad challenges ahead for U.S. policy toward Russia
- Russia’s current activities in Syria
- Arms control issues, including Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty)
The Senate Banking Committee is planning to hold hearings on:
- The implementation of CAATSA and the impact of sanctions
- what other tools can be used beyond CAATSA, if any, to further deter Russia.
Additional hearing details, including witnesses, will be announced at a later date.