BREAKING: Trump Jr. To Testify

Donald Trump Jr. will soon be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Last month, the committee requested Trump Jr. to testify before the committee and was even given an ultimatum: come willingly or face a subpoena.

Per the Daily Caller:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has reportedly settled on a date for Donald Trump Jr. to provide private testimony regarding his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, according to Politico.

While the committee has not yet announced the exact date, Trump Jr. will appear in “the next few weeks,” a source familiar with the matter told Politico. Trump Jr. was called to publicly testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July but countered by offering to be interviewed privately and provide documents to the committee.

The new hearing fulfills an earlier agreement by the committee’s leadership:

The committee’s leaders, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, vowed in July to compel Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to appear in a public hearing under threat of a subpoena, if necessary. The pair agreed, however, to allow Trump Jr. and Manafort to appear privately ahead of any public hearing.

Manafort and White House adviser Jared Kushner, both of whom were present at the June 2016 meeting, have provided congressional testimony, but Trump Jr. has not yet appeared on the Hill in an official capacity.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Justice Department probe into Russian meddling was reportedly consulted regarding Trump Jr.’s appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and did not object.

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Politico reports details which would most likely be discussed in the testimony:

Trump Jr. is the subject of intense interest in those probes due to his role in a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected lobbyist and lawyer. Emails tweeted by Trump Jr. show he took that meeting — which was also attended by then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner — after being promised damaging information on Clinton.

The broker of the meeting, publicist Rob Goldstone, said the offer of information was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Trump Jr. responded, in part, by saying, “if it’s what you say I love it.”

Trump Jr. and Kushner, who have denied any wrongdoing, have said that the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower did not involve discussions about the campaign, but focused on high-profile sanctions legislation and the adoption of Russian children.

 

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