On Wednesday, Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a subpoena demanding President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Junior, testify regarding the now-closed Russian investigation.
Burr’s move came as a surprise to Republicans, and in direct conflict with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent assertion that the probe was over, drawing immediate and fiery condemnation from colleagues.
Reports quickly began to indicate that Don Jr. had no plans on complying with the subpoena, as prominent Republicans and donors continued to voice outrage against Burr.
A Republican donor close to McConnell called Burr’s actions “a slap in the face to Americans across the country,” adding, “It’s incumbent that Leader McConnell steps up to the plate and strips Senator Burr’s chairmanship of the Intel Committee.”
From The Blaze:
Donald Trump Jr. was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday to testify about a meeting with Russians ahead of the 2016 election, and he’s going to fight it.
That’s according to a source close to the president’s oldest son that released a statement to the media.
“When he originally agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intel Committee in 2017, there was an agreement between Don and the Committee that he would only have to come in and testify a single time as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they’d like, which Don did,” the statement from the source read.
“Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to allow their client to participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican’ Senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee,” the statement concluded.
Trump Jr. has said publicly that he had very limited knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting with Russians, but more recent testimony from Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, puts that contention into dispute.
CNN’s Manu Raju also reported that Trump Jr. was considering ignoring the subpoena and not showing up at all, or pleading his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) quipped about the subpoena, saying, “Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed…”