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Cruz wants Obama to hand over Russia missile report

Greg Nash
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding the Obama administration turn over a Pentagon report on Russia violating a missile treaty, suggesting that the White House is blocking it from being released. 
 
Cruz, who is running for president, said in a letter to President Obama that a Defense Department risk assessment on Russia violating the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is “critical” for Congress’s ability to investigate any violations. 
 
{mosads}“The Senate’s advice and consent power is a pivotal element of a constitutional and prudent foreign policy, but it cannot be exercised if your administration does not act in good faith,” he added in the letter, which was released on Monday. “This risk assessment report is necessary to determine a strategic response to Russia’s treaty violations, and I request that you lift your embargo on this report immediately.” 
 
Cruz’s letter comes after The Washington Free Beacon reported that the White House is blocking the Pentagon’s report. 
 
The Texas Republican, who suggests the administration has been slow to update Congress on INF violations, said if the report is accurate it “suggests [the] administration is withholding information from Congress pertinent to executing its constitutional and statutory role in foreign affairs.”
 
Cruz is giving Obama until Sept. 1 to reply to his letter. 
 
The State Department said in a 2014 report that Russia was in violation of the INF, which bans certain types of missiles. Moscow, for its part, has also accused the United States of violating the agreement.
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