After a week of wrangling and Republican-led backlash against the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to testify before the panel next month.
Update 6:15 p.m. EDT May 14: The committee, chaired by North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, subpoenaed the oldest son of President Donald Trump to clarify remarks Trump Jr. made in previous testimony on the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The deal, which includes a limited appearance of between two and four hours behind closed doors in mid-June, according to The New York Times, ends a tense standoff between Burr and Trump Jr.
Republicans were furious with Burr over the subpoena and some openly urged Trump Jr. to ignore it.
While Burr and committee Vice Chair Democrat Sen. Mark Warner refused to comment on the deal that will bring Trump Jr. before the committee, a source close to Trump Jr. told ABC News that he’s “incredibly appreciative to the members that went to bat for him, and he will return the favor come the 2020 campaign.”
Trump Jr. was has been the target of several investigations over a meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer who allegedly promised dirt on rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and whether Trump Jr. lied about the meeting to investigators.
Original report: The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. for more information on his 2017 testimony relating to the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to news reports.
The request follows testimony from President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, earlier this year, who testified that Trump’s oldest son was briefed on plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow at least 10 times, according to The Associated Press.
In 2017, Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was only “peripherally aware” of the Moscow plans.
Axios first reported on the story Wednesday. The first public Congressional subpoena of one of Trump’s children could foreshadow a brewing battle between a Republican committee chair and one of Trump’s children.
The Senate Intel Committee led by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr and co-chaired by Democrat Mark Warner has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election for the past two years and has interviewed many of the same witnesses as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
It’s unclear whether Trump Jr. will comply with the subpoena or whether he’ll invoke the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination or simply refuse to testify. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr ignored a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee last week; and the administration has told former White House counsel Don McGhan to ignore a Congressional subpoena, as well.
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