Don Jr To Testify In Front Of Senate Intelligence Committee

Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr arrives for a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Senator Lindsey Graham has some advice for President Donald Trump's eldest son: Ignore a subpoena issued by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump Jr. had backed out of interviews twice, prompting the subpoena, according to people familiar with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr's remarks to a GOP luncheon last week.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, now serving a three-year prison sentence for tax and bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, testified that Trump Jr. was far more aware of both key events involving Russians than he previously alluded to during private testimony before several congressional committees, including Senate Intelligence.

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.

The committee's demand to have Trump Jr. testify again reportedly is related to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's testimony earlier this year.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., outlined the events at a GOP caucus luncheon Thursday after weathering fierce criticism for the subpoena of President Donald Trump's eldest son, according to three people familiar with the remarks. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a separate interview in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal. Add Donald Trump Jr.as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump Jr. news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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"None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee", the Kentucky Republican said.

"It's really a tough situation because my son spent I guess over 20 hours testifying about something that Mueller said was 100 percent OK", Trump told reporter.

But some Senate Democrats signaled to Newsweek Tuesday, prior to a deal reportedly being struck, that the committee should soon move forward with contempt proceedings, much like the House Judiciary Committee did last week with Attorney General William Barr. Trump Jr. first fell under scrutiny in the early summer of 2017, after it was revealed that he helped to organize, and then attend, a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower in New York City.

But "Michael Cohen is a worthless witness", Graham argued.

So, for now, the temperature on this fight comes down-but simmering tensions between Burr and the Trump universe are unlikely to fade forever, and this may foreshadow a bigger fight to come in the future sometime between the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump-world. "He's indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion, and we are hoping that we'll get a report on that stuff here".

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