Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump 'very surprised' by son's subpoena in Russian Federation probe

Trump 'very surprised' by son's subpoena in Russian Federation probe

"This smacks of politics", Cornyn told reporters on Thursday.

Trump added, "My son is a very good person, works very hard".

Trump Jr., however, may offer the committee a compromise and submit answers in writing instead of appearing in person, the source said.

"Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to have their client participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called "Republican" Senator to cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee", the source told Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Axios, a favorite site for leakers to drop interesting nuggets, reports it's the first congressional subpoena - that we know about - of one of President Trump's children.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) was criticized by Republican colleagues and demeaned by the President on Thursday. "It's time to move on & start focusing on issues that matter to Americans".

Trump Jr has already testified at length to the committee, which is run by Republicans, and was "totally exonerated by Mueller", Trump said.

Fox News host Kennedy on Friday said that Donald Trump Jr. had to face the consequences if he mislead Congress during his previous testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "The last thing he needs is Washington, D.C. He'd rather not be involved", Trump said.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who is not on the committee, said: "I have confidence in Chairman Burr, and if he's requesting testimony, I presume he has a reason for that". "It's time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations", tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

In a series of remarks to reporters Thursday, Blumenthal noted that the younger Trump lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 when asked about the Trump Tower meeting. The questions could be about Trump Jr.'s involvement in the Trump Tower project in Moscow, as well as a June 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower.

"[Donald Trump Jr.] has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees".

"Frankly for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting, yeah I'm surprised", he said.

"Endless investigations - by either party - won't change the fact that there was NO collusion". "And I think we have an important job to do to try to keep the intelligence committee out of politics". When Trump Jr. testified before the panel in 2017, it was agreed that he would only have to appear once, as long as he stayed as long as necessary, which he did.

The order comes after Special Counsel Robert Mueller decided there was insufficient evidence to accuse Trump's 2016 campaign of criminal conspiracy to collude with the Russians.

The Democratic senator also accused Trump Jr. of intentionally lying during his testimony, despite being warned that providing "materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements" would be a crime.

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