Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Senate Judiciary Chairman Wants Trump Jr. to Testify

Senate Judiciary Chairman Wants Trump Jr. to Testify

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said he wants answers on why the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. was in the United States, since her entry visa had been denied.

CNN reported Thursday that Grassley plans to make his request to the president's eldest son via a letter.

"PEBS00039-topic.html" class="local_link" >Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner at a meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide the Trump campaign with information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Grassley said the committee would call Manafort to testify to learn why he didn't file as a foreign agent before becoming involved in the USA presidential campaign.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed on Tuesday that the meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Manafort and Veselnitskaya is a "grave development" in the investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Trump said in Paris on Thursday that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was a private attorney and not a Russian government lawyer, and that nothing of substance came of the meeting.

U.S intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Russian Federation sought to help Trump win the election by hacking private emails from Democratic Party officials and disseminating false information online.

On Sunday, Trump Jr. issued a statement, in which he said it had become clear during the meeting that Veselnitskaya had no meaningful information on the Democratic National Committee's links with Russia-connected individuals.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley in Washington on September 20, 2016.

Trump Jr. told the intermediary, a music publicist named Rob Goldstone, of the offer: "I love it".

Donald Trump Jr. sits down to a round-table discussion at the Talk Media News radio row in Manchester, N.H., February 8, 2016. Given he was just a few weeks into his role as chairman (and considering he has an apartment in Trump Tower, where the meeting was held) it's possible he felt an obligation to attend, especially after his boss's son requested as much.

President Trump continued to downplay the issue, saying that "nothing happened" as a result of the meeting.

Graham said that the hearing will give Trump Jr. the opportunity to tell his side of the story and that "you'll have to watch the hearing to know what I am going to say".

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