Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump Jr. Testifies In Front of Senate Intelligence Committee

Donald Trump Jr. Testifies In Front of Senate Intelligence Committee

Don Jr. was set to appear before the panel for up to four hours and answer questions on six broad topics, including his own communications with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle and what he told his father about them.

In the Mueller report, Cohen said that he spoke to Trump Jr. about the Trump Tower Moscow project on multiple occasions.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, spoke to the Senate intelligence committee for around three hours Wednesday, following up on a 2017 interview with the same panel as part of its two-year-long Russian Federation investigation.

"The Senate committee, which is chaired by Republican Senator Richard Burr, is conducting a bipartisan investigation into Russian interference in U.S. politics, including the 2016 USA presidential election".

The committee also reportedly had lingering questions regarding a meeting that Trump Jr. accepted with a group of Russians at Trump Tower in NY on June 9, 2016. The specter of perjury implications complicated scheduling Trump Jr.'s testimony, even after the committee chairman, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, a Republican, indicated that he was not inclined to pursue any charges that Mueller - who had access to the committee's transcripts - had not.

Trump Jr.'s testimony comes as the intelligence panel continues its two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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In May the president said he was "very surprised" to learn that the intelligence panel, known for its bipartisanship, had subpoenaed his son to testify again.

Burr said Wednesday he would not comment on Trump Jr's interview or his characterization of his consistency in testimony, suggesting people could "take him at his word". To date, the investigation has been run by committee staffers, primarily.

Before he walked in, he also told reporters there was "nothing to correct".

Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence, including on a conviction of lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, and he also testified before the Senate panel for a second time earlier this year.

But Trump Jr had told the Senate Judiciary Committee he was "peripherally aware" of the proposal. Burr said the panel has just a handful of witnesses left before wrapping up the probe. But President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who is now serving a prison sentence for offenses including lying to Congress, said he spoke to Trump Jr. about the deal multiple times. On Wednesday, senators attended the interview but are not asking questions directly, instead passing notes to committee staff if they had questions, according to Senate aides.

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