Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Limited Testimony After Dems Threatened Contempt

Lindsey Graham

Donald Trump Jr has agreed to meet with the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence committee for another interview, according to sources familiar with the matter. Trump Jr. had backed out of the interview twice, prompting the subpoena, according to people familiar with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr's remarks to a GOP luncheon last week.

Under the terms of the deal between the president's son and lawmakers, Trump Jr will talk to the committee in mid-June for up to four hours, according to two people familiar with the agreement.

The source disputed news reports suggesting the questioning would be limited to five or six topics pertaining to Trump Jr.'s communications with Russian officials. The committee's chairman, Republican Senator Richard Burr, suddenly found himself at the center of an uncomfortable standoff with his own party and the president last week for wanting to haul in a member of the Trump family at a time when the administration is stonewalling numerous investigations by House Democrats. While GOP senators shouldn't be happy to see anyone defy a congressional subpoena, they're nearly certainly loathe to cast a vote in condemnation of Trump Jr.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has defended Burr, telling his colleagues during the private GOP luncheon that he trusted the intelligence committee chairman.

The deal comes after the panel subpoenaed the president's eldest son to discuss answers Trump Jr. gave the panel's staff in a 2017 interview.

"Anything based on what Michael Cohen said is worthless testimony".

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

The president on Tuesday said he believed that his son was being treated poorly.

A spokeswoman for Burr declined to comment.

"If I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer, I would tell him, you don't need to go back into this environment anymore", Graham told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

It's unclear if Trump Jr. will comply with the subpoena, or whether the committee will take action to hold him in contempt if he doesn't.

Trump Jr. has been a focus of several probes - including special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation - over his involvement in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who allegedly had promised incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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