Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr., reports say

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Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr., reports say
MAY 9, 2019
By Clyde Hughes

Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa Trump arrive at a New York City court on July 26, 2018. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo


May 9 (UPI) -- The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to testify about the Russia investigation, becoming the first member of the president's family to be called since the release of the Mueller report.

NBC News, Axios, CNN, The New York Times and other outlets reported that the subpoena seeks answers about prior testimony from Trump Jr. Specifically, the committee wants to ask President Donald Trump's eldest son about his knowledge of a failed deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Trump Jr. testified before the committee in September 2017 and said he was only "peripherally aware" of the plans. But lawmakers want to go over the issue again in light of testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney. In February, he told the House oversight committee he'd informed Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump about the Moscow project a number of times.

Cohen began a three-year federal prison sentence on Monday for campaign finance violations and tax evasion. He pleaded guilty last year for arranging to pay two women who claimed sexual affairs with Trump in exchange for their silence.

Like former White House counsel Donald McGahn and Attorney General William Barr, Trump Jr. could ignore the subpoena, which could send the matter to court. The Senate intelligence committee has interviewed many of the same witnesses the Mueller investigative team spoke with.
The committee has not publicly confirmed the subpoena.

"We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the committee," a committee representative told NBC News. "Throughout the investigation, the committee has reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed, as every witness and witness counsel has been made aware."

Barr has released a redacted version of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which said investigators found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. It did not, however, clear the president of obstruction of justice. Since its release, the president has called the report a vindication and Democratic lawmakers have sought answers to questions raised by the two-year inquiry.

CNBC reported a person close to the president's son called Burr's subpoena a "PR stunt" from a "so-called 'Republican' senator."

 

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Donald Trump Jr. agrees to Senate committee interview: source
May 15, 2019
Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for the panel’s senators to interview him in mid-June, a congressional source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

The closed-door appearance could cover a broad array of topics, the source said. These could include what Trump Jr. knows about a Trump Tower project in Moscow and about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer, the source said.

The agreement for Trump Jr.’s appearance was first reported by the New York Times.

The source disputed news reports suggesting the questioning would be limited to five or six topics pertaining to Trump Jr.’s communications with Russian officials.

A committee spokesperson declined to comment. A lawyer for Trump Jr. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel had subpoenaed Trump Jr. to appear before the committee, two congressional sources said last week.

Senators want to question him about testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 which was subsequently contradicted by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer who started his prison sentence this month in part for lying to Congress.

Led by Republican chairman Richard Burr, the intelligence panel is the only committee in the Republican-controlled Senate that has been conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations of Russian interference in U.S. politics.

The reported subpoena prompted sharp rebukes from some of Trump’s staunchest defenders within the party as Republicans sought to move on from a two-year investigation, into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose findings were released in part last month.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Tim Ahmann and James Dalgleish

 

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