Trump's power struggle with Congress now includes his son

Trump's power struggle with Congress now includes his son

Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Thursday that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., should be imprisoned if he fails to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena.

The 41-year-old Don Jr testified voluntarily in private once to the committee, and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other senior Trump campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr has already testified at length to the committee, which is run by Republicans, and was "totally exonerated by Mueller", Trump said. "The Mueller Report cleared @DonaldJTrumpJr and he's already spent 27 hours testifying before Congress", tweeted Burr's fellow North Carolina Republican senator, Thom Tillis. Richard Burr for his committee's subpoena of President Donald Trump's son, a move that suggests the Russian Federation investigation is not "case closed", as some in the GOP insist.

"He ought to be held in contempt, and there's no question with Donald Trump Jr. about any sort of privilege to avoid this kind of questioning", Blumenthal responded. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal.

The Democratic senator also accused Trump Jr. of intentionally lying during his testimony, despite being warned that providing "materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements" would be a crime. Emails leading up to the meeting promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. I was very surprised to see my son-my son is a good person, he works hard. John Cornyn (R-TX)-the former number two in Senate GOP leadership-did not stand by the subpoena and instead called for the committee to formally end its investigation once and for all.




In fact, Burr's own Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen.

The committee has been investigating Russian election interference and Trump's ties to Russia for the last two years. The panel is expected to try to call in several witnesses as it winds up its investigation over the next several months. Burr and the top Democrat on the committee, Virginia Sen.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena to Mazars, which compiled Trump's financial disclosure forms, over questions about whether Trump manipulated his net worth. Trump on Wednesday invoked the principle of executive privilege over that material, claiming the right to block lawmakers from receiving it. That's the bible. The Mueller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, Burr told The Associated Press last week that he doesn't expect to have any more public hearings and that he hopes to be finished with the investigation by the end of the year. The subpoena puts Burr at odds with some of his Republican colleagues who want to move on from the special counsel's report. The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

But even that was not enough to stop the onslaught, as every single Fox News primetime show on Thursday night had major segments on this story-and most of the hosts criticized either Burr, McConnell, or both for this Trump, Jr., subpoena.

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