US President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions regarding his previous testimony before Senate in respect to the Russian investigation, Axios reported citing sources familiar with the matter.
"My son's a very good person", Trump told reporters at the White House, saying that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation had "totally exonerated" him. Trump Jr. was the only one of Trump's children who has testified before Congress about the project.
John Cornyn, a member of Senate Intelligence Committee who is up for re-election next year, just told CNN's Manu Raju he understands Trump Jr.'s frustration with the panel and says the committee probe is "wearing kind of thin".
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., did not immediately respond to multiple messages seeking comment. The panel's investigation, led by Burr, has been running for more than two years, and the committee has interviewed numerous same witnesses who spoke to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
The step of the intelligence Committee, is also noteworthy because in the Senate the Republicans have a majority.
Republican-on-Republican crime has been the theme for the last day now as Donald Trump Jr. and Senate allies criticize the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee for slapping Trump Jr. with a subpoena. Sen.
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The committee is one of the few in the Senate that has been conducting serious investigations related to Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
The panel, which along with the Senate is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, wants to question Trump Jr. about testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 which was subsequently contradicted in public testimony by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, one of the sources said.
Democrats have upped the ante in their legislative crusade against Trump after the publication of the Mueller report, although it found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and did not made a judgment on whether Trump had obstructed justice, thus dealing a blow to their hopes that it would uncover an impeachable offense.
Mueller never interviewed Trump Jr. Cohen told Mueller's team that it appeared the two had discussed the subject before.
"Cohen also recalled briefing Donald Trump Jr.in the spring - a conversation that Cohen said was not "idle chit chat" because Trump Tower Moscow was potentially a $1 billion deal", the report says.