Trump Jr subpoenaed to testify on Russia contacts

Senate Republican Led Committee Subpoena Donald Trump Jr.

Members of President Donald Trump's inner circle are frustrated that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., multiple sources tell CNN.

"The subpoena sets up a fight that's unprecedented in the Trump era: A Republican committee chair pit against the Republican president's eldest son", Axios, who broke the story, reported Tuesday. "Throughout the investigation, the Committee has reserved the right witnesses to make another statement again on demand to be included", - quotes "Axios" a spokesman for the secret service Committee.

In 2017 Trump Jr testified he was only "peripherally aware" of proposed plans for the Moscow project. "Mueller, whose investigation did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, did not indict Trump Jr., despite speculation that he would", the outlet noted later, adding: "The fact that they're subpoenaing Trump Jr.is a strong signal that he declined a request to appear before the committee again". Mueller did not find evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign members and Russians and did not indict Trump Jr., but some legal experts opined that other findings would not bode well for Trump Jr.

Senate subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. over earlier testimony, sources say
Rand Paul (R-KY) and Steve Daines (R-MT), throwing gas on the fire by ripping the subpoena. Top Republicans criticized the committee's decision to subpoena Trump Jr.

Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump criticized lawmakers involved in issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. The Senate Judiciary Committee released the transcript publicly.

Trump Jr.'s testimony has been scrutinized for how he described his conversations in the lead-up to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in which he said that he only talked to Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort about the meeting where a Russian lawyer was offering dirt on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The subpoena comes as the Trump administration is warring with House Democrats over their investigations into potential obstruction of justice, financial crimes, and the Trump campaign's contacts with foreign officials. 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. Cohen told Mueller's team that it appeared the two had discussed the subject before. In January, he doubled down on having hardly anything to do with the project, telling Fox News' Laura Ingraham that it was his father's former disgraced personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen who was handling the negations.

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