Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr., reports say

Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr

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A source close to Trump Jr. said there was an agreement between the president's son and the committee that he would only have to come in and testify once as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they'd like, which the source said he did. On the day the news of the subpoena for the president's son surfaced, Trump asserted executive privilege over the full Mueller report in response to Democrats' initiating the process to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

Trump Jr. had testified to the committee in September 2017 about proposed plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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But he refused, agreeing only to respond to written questions. The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Warner said that the intelligence panel also wants to see the underlying evidence in Mueller's report, a request that House lawmakers have also made.

Trump Jr's testimony was reportedly brought into question in light of the February testimony by Cohen who claimed that he had briefed Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump about "10 times" on the project, implying that Trump's son was in fact keeping close tabs on the matter.

The move to subpoena Trump Jr. was met with disapproval from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who argued that politicians should redirect their energy away from investigating potential Russian collusion.

Multiple Republicans had coalesced around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's talking point of "case closed" in recent days, but now Democrats can argue that even members of the President's own party don't agree that all Russian Federation inquiries should end immediately.

"I'm assuming that they believe they can - if you can believe this, they are going to take Cohen's word". Rand Paul, including a link to the original Axios report and referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Tuesday declaration.

The White House so far has been adamant in shielding current and former administration officials from an avalanche of subpoenas coming from the House Democrats, with President Trump vowing to "fight all the subpoenas" last month.

".@DonaldJTrumpJr has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees", McCarthy tweeted.

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