Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Jr. Unlikely to Comply With Senate Subpoena: Congressional Sources

Trump Jr. Unlikely to Comply With Senate Subpoena: Congressional Sources

Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed varying degrees of bewilderment Thursday to the revelation - coming just two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pronounced "case closed" on the now-debunked allegations the Trump administration conspired with Russian operatives in 2016 - the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. demanding further testimony.

Amit Mehta, an Indian-American judge, will fast-track a decision on US President Donald Trump's bid to quash a subpoena for financial records from his accounting firm, saying he will decide the full case after a hearing on May 14.

He was also quizzed about direct communications he had with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which leaked damaging documents and communications stolen by Russians from Clinton's campaign.

"This is over", Ms. Trump said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" regarding the Mueller probe and whether President Trump colluded with Russian Federation.

Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said that if Trump Jr. does not comply with the subpoena, "he ought to be put in jail" and that "prison is the only answer".

Donald Trump, Jr. speaks at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Great Falls, Montana, U.S., July 5, 2018.

The suggestion that Burr is failing to properly lead the committee is the first real sign of any dissention among its members, who have worked together quietly since the panel's Russian Federation investigation began in early 2017. John Cornyn (R-TX)-the former number two in Senate GOP leadership-did not stand by the subpoena and instead called for the committee to formally end its investigation once and for all.

When asked if Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting, he told senators, "I did not". Trump last week said that it was Barr's call, but later declared on Twitter that Mueller should not testify.

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The committee chairman is Republican Sen.

Lying to a congressional committee could be a crime, and Senate intelligence members are likely interested in finding out whether Trump Jr. deliberately misled them in 2017.

Trump Jr. told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his 2017 testimony that he had not told his father of the infamous meeting. Cohen told a House committee in February that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before the presidential election.

But President Trump - who has spent almost two years lambasting Mueller as the ring leader of a "witch hunt" - pointed to the special counsel's report Thursday to defend his son.

The pushback was so intense that even one top Democrat, Sen.

Warner said that the intelligence panel also wants to see the underlying evidence in Mueller's report, a request that House lawmakers have also made.

"The Mueller report came out, that's the bible, and they said he did nothing wrong", the president said.

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