A Republican-led committee just issued the first public subpoena to a member of the Trump family, as Donald Trump Jr. is now being compelled to testify about the Russia probe.
Citing an unnamed source, Beltway gossip site Axios reported Wednesday that President Trump’s eldest son has been issued a subpoena by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a staunch ally of the president. While Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Select Subcommittee on Intelligence in 2017, he did so without a subpoena.
While it could be inferred that the hearing would be friendly toward Trump Jr., an unnamed associate of Trump Jr. framed the subpoena as a conflict between President Trump’s son and the Republican-led committee.
“Don and Senate Intel agreed from the very beginning that he would appear once to testify before the committee and would remain for as long as it took to answer all of their questions. He did that. We’re not sure why we’re fighting with Republicans,” the source told Axios.
A Judiciary Committee spokesperson said the committee wouldn’t “discuss the details of witness engagements with the Committee,” and said “the Committee has reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed, as every witness and witness counsel has been made aware.”
Trump Jr., who took over his father real estate development firm after the 2016 election, is expected to answer questions from senators about the Trump-Russia probe, as well as any knowledge he has about his father’s desire to expand the Trump Organization’s business in Russia. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen previously told investigators that even as Trump emerged as the inevitable Republican nominee in the summer of 2016 that he was still actively trying to build a Trump Tower Moscow, and was seeking a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to finalize the deal.
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