Senate subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. over earlier testimony, sources say

A view of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

A view of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

Sen. Dick Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Thursday that if Donald Trump Jr. didn't comply with a subpoena to testify before Congress that he should face prison time.

Trump, who has blasted the investigations into him and Russian Federation, defended his son, who runs the Trump Organization - a private business that the Republican president still owns.

"I've said repeatedly that his answers, to questions, and I watched him, were smart-alecky, untruthful, and misleading", Blumenthal said to the media about Trump Jr.'s first testimony to Congress in 2017.

Several Beltway denizens, particularly Republicans, were left scratching their heads Thursday as to why the 41-year-old Trump Jr., the president's eldest child, would be called upon to testify again three weeks after special counsel Robert Mueller cleared President Trump, his campaign, and his family of any supposed collusion. Trump also said he had already testified for a "massive amount of time".

It's also the first real sign of any dissention among members of the committee, who have worked together quietly since the panel's Russian Federation investigation began in early 2017. Thom Tillis. "It's time to move on & start focusing on issues that matter to Americans".

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

Trump noted that other Republicans were upset that the chairman, Sen.

The pain raining down upon Burr come not just from the Senate; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the rogue subpoena, as did House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Mark Warner, have worked closely together on the probe and have often won praise from the panel's membership, and also from McConnell, throughout. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal. "That's our view, that the case is closed and it's time to move on, and I believe when the Senate Intelligence Committee finally does its repor, which I think will not be too far down the road from here, they will reach the very same conclusion". The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

He said the committee reserves the right to call witnesses back if they see inconsistencies in testimony. The president now claims executive privilege over that material.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a shot at Burr after the subpoena was reported, tweeting that "apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn't get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed".

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