Wyden puts 'hold' on nominee in push for Trump-Russia financial details
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Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Tech: Black lawmakers press Uber on diversity | Google faces record EU fine | Snap taps new lobbyist | New details on FCC cyberattack FCC chairman reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security MORE (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he's placed a hold on President Trump's pick to oversee the administration's sanctions policy, adding that he'll only lift the hold if the Treasury Department provides documents about the financial ties between Russia and Trump associates.

"I have stated repeatedly that we have to follow the money if we are going to get to the bottom of how Russia has attacked our democracy. That means thoroughly review any information that relates to financial connections between Russia and President Trump and his associates," Wyden said in a statement. 
 
He added that Sigal Mandelker, Trump's choice to be the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, will be "responsible for much of this information." 
 
Using the "hold" allows Wyden to slow down the nomination process. 
 
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Wyden said that he will maintain his hold on Mandleker's nomination until the Treasury Department gives the Senate Intelligence and Finance Committees  "information and documents related to Russia and its financial dealings" related to President Trump and aides.
 
Wyden sits on both committees.
 
The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee sent a request earlier this month to the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit for similar information.
 
Warner told CNN at the time that he wouldn't support Mandelker's nomination until the committee received the information. 
 
"Until we get it, I'm not going to support the administration's nominee for undersecretary of Treasury finance, for terrorism and finance, because they owe us these documents first," Warner said.

Senators routinely use holds as leverage on other issues. For example, Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote It's time for Republicans to play offense while Democrats are weak A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress MORE (R-Iowa) held up to roughly two dozen State Department nominations in an effort to get the department to respond to his questions about former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAmazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods underscores the threat posed by ‘big data’ Pro-Trump group blasts 'rigged' Russia probe in ad starring Tomi Lahren Trump believes Russia 'probably' behind election hacking MORE and her top aides. 

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Dem senator: Trump 'doesn't respect' the presidency Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief MORE (D-Mass.) also had a hold on Robert Califf, former President Obama's FDA nominee, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Johnson becomes fourth GOP senator unwilling to proceed on healthcare bill Five takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill MORE (R-Ky.) successfully forced a vote on the nomination.