Fight Breaks Out Among Republicans Over GOP Intel Decision To Subpoena Trump Jr.
A Republican civil war broke out in Congress on Wednesday after lawmakers loyal to Donald Trump ripped the decision by the Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s eldest son and a key witness in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of President Trump’s closest Senate allies, slammed Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, for prolonging the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed…” Paul tweeted in response to news reports that Burr has subpoenaed Trump Jr. to answer questions about his previous testimony to the panel.
Senate Democrats such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) have urged congressional committees to review the testimony of key witnesses such as Trump Jr. to determine if their answers matched the findings of the Mueller report.
A spokesperson for the committee said Wednesday: “We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the committee.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), another staunch Trump ally, ripped the subpoena, tweeting Wednesday afternoon that Trump Jr. “has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of congressional committees.”
“Endless investigations — by either party — won’t change the fact that there was NO collusion,” McCarthy wrote in a tweet, citing a report by Axios, which broke the story of Trump Jr.’s subpoena.
“It’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations,” he added.
News that the Senate Intelligence Committee called on Trump Jr. to testify about matters related to its Russia investigation came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor declaring, “Case closed.”
“Two years of exhaustive investigation, and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory that Democratic politicians and TV talking heads had treated like a foregone conclusion. They told everyone there’d been a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign. Yet on this central question, the special counsel’s finding is clear: Case closed. Case closed,” McConnell said.
McConnell also noted in the same speech that the Senate Intelligence Committee is coming out with a report on Russian efforts to undermine U.S. democracy.
He said the “upcoming report from the Select Committee on Intelligence” will help officials improve security ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Burr on Tuesday told reporters that “I’ve got reports to do, they don’t have anything to do with the Mueller report.”
“The Mueller report looked at criminality. Congress has no responsibility on criminality. If they do, they refer it to the Justice Department,” he said.