Trump Jr. to speak with Senate panel Wednesday

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

Donald Trump Jr.is set to meet with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The president's son is expected to field questions related to the committee's Russian Federation investigation. The people requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the confidential interview publicly.

According to two people familiar with the plans who spoke to the Associated Press, Senators want to go over the Trump Jr.'s 2017 testimony before the Intelligence Committee, as well as the answers he gave the Senate Judiciary Committee that same year.

Trump Jr. was a key figure in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY in which a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin met with him and senior campaign officials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republican Richard Burr, is the only congressional panel doing a genuinely bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in USA politics and the 2016 presidential election, in particular.

Separately on Tuesday, the House of Representatives authorised federal court action against Trump administration officials who defy congressional subpoenas.

The appearance by Trump Jr., who now heads the Trump Organization with his brother Eric, is expected to cover a wide array of subjects, including the Moscow Trump Tower project.

President Trump's oldest son has been a person of interest in several investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including that of now-former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whose report suggested that Trump Jr. may have apprised the president, then a candidate, of plans to take a meeting with a Russian attorney in the summer of 2016 promising incriminating information on his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

President Trump is battling any cooperation with Congress in the Russian Federation meddling investigation, claiming that he has already been "totally exonerated" of collusion and obstruction of justice by special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report, which was completed in late March. "I don't know why".

Some Republicans even said Trump Jr. should not comply with the subpoena, which is believed to be the first subpoena targeting a member of the president's family. Cornyn's Texas colleague, Republican Sen.

It's uncertain when the intelligence panel will issue a final report.

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