Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Don Jr., Senate Intel Reach Deal

Don Jr., Senate Intel Reach Deal

The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two scheduled interviews as part of the panel's Russian Federation investigation, the chairman of the committee told his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism from the move.

CNN's Manu Raju reported that they agreed to limit his interview to between 2 and 4 hours, and to limit the scope to 5 or 6 topics.

The agreement for a limited appearance in June ended a standoff between the president's son and the Republican-led committee.

The Senate judiciary committee chairman, the Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, said on "Fox News Sunday" that if he were Trump Jr.'s lawyer, "I would tell him, 'You don't need to go back into this environment any more"'.

Sekulow, Futerfas, and Lowell represent President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump, respectively.

The president's eldest son could also come for the questioning, but refuse to answer, pleading the Fifth Amendment's constitutional right against self-incrimination, Graham said the day before.

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. 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.

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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.

"Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to allow their client to participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called "Republican" senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee".

A committee spokesperson declined to comment.

Trump said on Tuesday said he believed that his son was being treated poorly.

Michael Cohen is a worthless witness, and if I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer I would tell him, 'You don't need to go back into this environment anymore, you've been there for hours and hours and hours.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has defended Burr, telling his colleagues during the private GOP luncheon last week that he trusted the intelligence committee chairman.

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