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Senate Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump, Jr., to testify regarding the Russia investigation. He will become the first member of the first family to be called to testify since the release of the Mueller Report.

Major news outlets reported that the committee wants to review prior testimony from Trump Jr. Specifically, the committee wants answers about his knowledge of a failed deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

The younger Trump testified in September 2017 and said he was only “peripherally aware” of plans for the hotel and business complex. However, since the testimony of Michael Cohen, who claimed he’d spoken to Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump numerous times about the project, the lawmakers want to confirm Trump Jr.’s previous answers to those questions.

Trump Jr. could ignore the subpoena, as did former White House counsel Donald McGahn and Attorney General William Barr, which could send the matter to court.

The committee has not publicly confirmed the subpoena.

“We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the committee,” a committee representative told NBC News. “Throughout the investigation, the committee has reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed, as every witness and witness counsel has been made aware.”

Barr has released a redacted version of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, in which investigators found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. It did not, however, clear the president of obstruction of justice. Since its release, the president has called the report a vindication and Democratic lawmakers have sought answers to questions raised by the two-year inquiry.

 

Sarah Morton

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