Donald Trump Jr. will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee after his lawyers scored a deal with committee Chairman Richard Burr.
The visit will be Trump Jr.’s second visit before the committee and comes well after Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with members of the Trump campaign.
As the Hill reports, the committee hearing was agreed upon on Tuesday evening and will include testimony between two to four hours.
From the report:
Questions about the Trump Tower project in Moscow and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya are fair game, according to a source who was briefed on the deal.
Another source said the committee outlined 10 topics it hoped to discuss with Trump Jr., but the scope of the interview was negotiated down to six topics. The two sides also agreed this would be Trump Jr.’s last appearance before the committee.
Burr’s committee has been negotiating with Trump Jr. since December to appear for a second time to answer questions. The first time, Trump Jr. only answered questions from committee staff.
Trump Jr. initially agreed to testify to the committee in March but then backed out and rescheduled his appearance for April, according to a briefing that Burr gave to Senate GOP colleagues last week.
When Trump Jr. again broke his agreement to appear before the committee last month, the Intelligence Committee warned he would face a subpoena.
The source said Trump Jr.’s lawyers initially declined to let their client appear for a second grilling after the Mueller report failed to find any criminal misconduct. But faced with extended civil litigation or a possible Senate vote on contempt, Trump Jr. on Tuesday agreed to appear for a second time.
Burr’s insistence to get Trump Jr. to testify has been a point of contention for several of his Republican colleagues and even President Trump. Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz said the second line of questioning was unnecessary since Mueller found no wrongdoing. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy similarly described that Mueller found no collusion or obstruction.
Trump Jr. ultimately agreed to testify before the committee even though previously testifying before Congress for 25 hours.
President Trump described the entire affair as “very unfair.”
“It’s really a tough situation because my son spent, I guess, over 20 hours testifying about something that [special counsel Robert] Mueller said was 100 percent OK,” Trump said to a group of reporters at the White House, the Hill reports. “And now they want him to testify again. I don’t know why. I have no idea why. But it seems very unfair to me.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.