Wyden puts 'hold' on nominee in push for Trump-Russia financial details
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy 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 Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE and her top aides. 

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyNet neutrality supporters predict tough court battle over FCC's repeal plan Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Driverless car bill hits Senate speed bump MORE (D-Mass.) also had a hold on Robert Califf, former President Obama's FDA nominee, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) successfully forced a vote on the nomination.