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Oregon Sen. Wyden blocks Treasury nominee until he gets Russia papers

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, center, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.Y. and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks in the hallway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee says he will block the nominee for a Treasury post until the department delivers documents related to Russia and its financial dealings with President Donald Trump and his associates.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon on Wednesday put a hold on Sigal Mandelker's nomination to become undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

Wyden says the office Mandelker has been nominated to lead has the information his committee wants.

The Senate Finance Committee oversees much of the Treasury Department. The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence works to combat financial crimes and threats, including money laundering.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, announced Tuesday that he has requested information from Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Related: KATU News interviewed Wyden on Wednesday, May, 10, 2017 on his reaction to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:


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