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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJuan Williams: Trump’s policies on race are more important than his rhetoric It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Trump makes new overtures to Democrats 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) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (N.J.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzGOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms This week: Rosenstein set to meet with House GOP MORE (D-Hawaii), as well as Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter 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.”