GOP-led Senate Intel Committee subpoenas Don Jr. to answer questions about his previous Trump Tower Moscow testimony: report

GOP-led Senate Intel Committee subpoenas Don Jr. to answer questions about his previous Trump Tower Moscow testimony: report
Donald Trump Jr, image via Screengrab.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), on Wednesday subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his September 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Axios reports.

As Axios noted, Trump Jr. appears to be the first of Donald Trump’s children to receive a notice to appear before Congress setting up an “unprecedented” fight between the president and a Republican-led committee. The subpoena appears to relate to previous testimony he gave regarding the proposed Trump Tower Moscow deal.

Trump Jr. testified in 2017 that he was "peripherally aware" of plans for a Moscow project, telling Congress he knew “very little” about the deal.

“I was peripherally aware of it, but most of my knowledge has been gained since as it relates to hearing about over the last few weeks,” Trump Jr. claimed.

The president’s eldest son also downplayed his involvement with the Trump Tower Moscow project during a subsequent interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, attempting to shift the focus to former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Trump Jr. told Ingraham it was the former Trump “fixer” who was “essentially trying to get a deal done."

But, when Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee on February 27, 2019, he blew a hole through Trump Jr.'s testimony, telling Congress he briefed both Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump “approximately 10 times" on Trump Tower Moscow.

According to Axios, the subpoena is “a strong signal that [Trump Jr.] declined a request to appear before the committee."

 "We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the Committee,” a spokesperson told Axios. “Throughout the investigation, the Committee has reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed, as every witness and witness counsel has been made aware."

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