Grassley may subpoena former Trump campaign chairman

Laura Christensen
July 14, 2017

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein will request Donald Trump Jr. testify before the committee.

"PEBS00039-topic.html" class="local_link" >Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner at a meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide the Trump campaign with information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday, Grassley had said he wanted to see Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in front of his committee next week.

Veselnitskaya herself denied any connection to the Kremlin, said she did not request a meeting with Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign, and noted that she has no information damaging Clinton.

As the emails reverberated across the political world, Trump Jr. defended his actions in an interview with Fox News, blaming the decision to take the meeting on the "million miles per hour" pace of a presidential campaign and his suspicion that the lawyer might have information about "underreported" scandals involving Clinton.

But Trump also refused to dispute an assertion made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Trump believed him when he said that Russia hadn't meddle in the election during their lengthy meeting in Germany last week.

The senator from the U.S. state of Iowa added that if necessary, he will subpoena Manafort.

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In response to calls for him to testify before the intelligence panel, Trump Jr. tweeted Monday that he was "happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know".

A lawyer for Donald Trump Jr. did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on whether his client would agree to appear before the committee.

In a statement Tuesday, Trump's eldest son said he was posting the emails "in order to be totally transparent".

Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Trump Jr. on Thursday, NPR and other news outlets reported.

In the emails, Trump Jr. was told by an interlocutor that he could get "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

'But the real way I feel comfortable inviting him is ever since President Trump was elected it seems like every conversation that has come from somebody in the family, where there's been some sort of issue, they've seemed always to be very, very open, ' Grassley said.

He said the president had not been aware of Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting and didn't find out about his son's email exchange until "very recently".

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