Senate to vote on resolution telling Trump not to hand over former diplomats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report MORE (R-Ky.) scheduled a vote for Thursday afternoon on a Democratic resolution warning Trump against handing over former diplomats.

The Senate will vote on the resolution around 1:45 p.m.

Democratic Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press Booming economy has Trump taking a well-deserved victory lap Administration should use its leverage to get Egypt to improve its human rights record MORE (N.J.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzPentagon’s No. 2 official: Trump’s ‘Space Force’ could cost 'billions' Senate Dem rips 'Space Force:' No Republican is willing to tell Trump it's a 'dumb idea' EPA pushes back on asbestos criticisms MORE (D-Hawaii), as well as Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh Montana GOP Senate hopeful touts Trump's support in new ad Strong job growth drives home choice for voters this election MORE (D-N.Y.), introduced the resolution warning the administration against agreeing to let the Russian government question former officials.

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"One of the most stunning things about the summit was the president's openness to a request by President Putin to question former United States Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and other Americans," Schumer said earlier Thursday.

"Certainly if the president agreed to such a request, Congress must do everything in its power to block it. There can be no room for debate, no room for discussion. We must be clear and clear quickly," Schumer continued.

The resolution, according to Schumer, would make it "the sense of Congress that the United States should refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government or Vladimir Putin."

Democrats and some Republicans have blasted the White House for even considering the offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump will discuss allowing Russian investigators to come to the United States to question U.S. citizens, including a former American ambassador to Russia.

Putin said during a press conference with Trump on Monday that the Kremlin would permit special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s team to travel to Russia and attend the questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the probe, if Russia is allowed to help interrogate some people “who have something to do with illegal actions in the territory of Russia.”