Canceled Interviews Led to Trump Jr. Subpoena

Canceled Interviews Led to Trump Jr. Subpoena

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham went so far as to say Trump Jr. should "just show up and plead the Fifth and it's over with", adding that allowing Trump answer more questions from lawmakers, where he could potentially perjure himself by offering conflicted answers compared to previous testimony, would make his lawyer "an idiot".

President Donald Trump's eldest son will give private testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in mid-June, as a result of a deal revealed on Tuesday.

Trump, Jr., will now, sources familiar with the deal that Burr and Trump, Jr., cut early this week appear in early June sometime before the committee for between two and four hours-but no longer, terms that Burr originally opposed limiting. "I have no idea why, but it seems very unfair to me", Trump said, referring to the closed-door testimony his son provided about the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

According to a new Politico report, aides on both sides of the aisle think a response to Trump Jr.'s defiance of the subpoena may end up before the whole Senate if he fails to comply.

Burr told colleagues that Trump Jr. had twice voluntarily agreed to interviews and later backed out. John Cornyn of Texas, a GOP member of the panel, said he understood Trump Jr.'s frustration.

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President Donald Trump decried the action from Democrats, saying that his son had already testified for hours and that there was no reason for him to do so again. "I don't know why".

"If I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer, I would tell him, you don't need to go back into this environment anymore", Graham told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

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. On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters that "none of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee". "He's indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion, and we are hoping that we'll get a report on that stuff here".

Burr's committee had renewed interest in talking to Trump Jr. after Trump's former lawyer, Michael 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.

In his report, Mueller explained that he and his team considered charging Trump Jr. and others with campaign-finance violations for agreeing to meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya based on their understanding that she could provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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