Senate Intel Calling On Trump Jr To Testify Next Week
According to CNN, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will be sending out a letter to Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday and ask him to publicly testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his meeting with a Russian lawyer offering compromising information on Hillary Clinton.
GRASSLEY tells me they are writing a letter to Donald Trump Jr. today requesting him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 13, 2017
Another report by the Associate Press revealed that Trump Jr was informed before his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that it was about “very high level and sensitive information” and “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, spoke with reporters earlier this week and revealed that she wanted Trump Jr. to publicly testify.
“This is aired on front page newspapers. It should be aired front-page [in the] United States Senate. The committee of jurisdiction is clearly the Judiciary Committee,” she told reporters. “It’s not an Intelligence matter.”
Feinstein told CNN on Thursday that she wanted Trump Jr. to testify as soon as next week.
If Trump Jr. decides to deny the request, The Senate Judiciary Committee can subpoena him and he will be forced to testify. This can only happen if either Feinstein and Grassley get an agreement or by a vote of the full committee.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he is asking Donald Trump Jr. to testify; will subpoena if necessary.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) July 13, 2017
Both Grassley and Feinstein have warned before that they are willing to subpoena Paul Manafort, who was also part of the meeting with Veselnitskaya, if he choses not to testify before their committee.