Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump Jr. unlikely to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee

Donald Trump Jr. unlikely to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee

The Associated Press reported that the intelligence committee is interested in discussing Trump Jr.'s 2017 testimony before the committee, which has been called into question by testimony by Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer.

A total of six Republican senators have criticized the committee head, Richard Burr (R-NC), for agreeing to issue the subpoena.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) claimed his Republican committee chair, Sen.

But Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican member of the panel, said he thinks the criticism of Burr is "a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Senate intelligence committee is about", which is congressional oversight and not prosecution. "The last thing he needs is Washington, D.C. - he would rather not ever be involved".

It's unclear whether Trump Jr. will comply with a subpoena but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, wrote on Twitter, linking to the Axios story breaking news of the subpoena.

Until fairly recently, the House Intelligence Committee was a model of bipartisanship, and the nation was better for it. Democrats, in their quest to resist President Trump, have blown that up. "Chairman Burr has indicated that they'll be reporting very soon", McConnell said.

According to ABC News, a source close to Don Jr. said there was an agreement between the president's son and the committee that he would only have to come in and testify once as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they'd like, which the source said he did, having stayed with the panel for more than nine hours back in December 2017.

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"This case is closed".

When asked if Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting, he told senators, "I did not".

41, has testified voluntarily in private once to the committee, and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other senior Trump campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He has worked to keep his committee's investigation free from the drama that surrounded the House's investigation and even outside of the partisan fight that emerged around the Mueller report.

One argument raised against the subpoena is that Mueller has already found no collusion and Majority Leader McConnell has declared the matter closed. He said Burr's job as chairman is "a challenging assignment every day".

He suggested maybe some members of Congress need a "Mueller Report for Dummies".

Trump Jr. was not indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, but continues to be the subject of various ongoing investigations.

"Cornyn, speaking to reporters outside of the Judiciary Committee, said that he could "understand [Trump Jr.'s] frustration" and warned that 'at some point ... this smacks of politics".

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