The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to Donald Trump, Jr., to compel him to testify in an investigation related to the committee’s Russia inquiry, according to a report from Axios.
The report is somewhat shocking, coming a little less than a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the Senate’s investigation “case closed,” and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s several hundred-page report on the issue the definitive answer to the question of whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russians to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Nevertheless, the committee, led by Republican Richard Burr (R-NC) and Democrat Mark Warner (D-IN) appears to have issued the demand to Trump, Jr. on Wednesday, ordering him to appear to testify a second time in front of a Senate panel about his role in a Trump Tower Moscow project, which allegedly put him in contact with agents of the Russian government.
Trump, Jr. has already testified about the project under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee back in September 2017. At the time, Trump, Jr. admitted to knowing little about the Trump Tower Moscow and being only “peripherally aware” of negotiations surrounding a potential Russian expansion for the Trump company.
At the time, Trump, Jr. also agreed to answer as many questions as the Senate had, leading to a marathon of testimony, Axios reports — “more than 25 hours with three different committees, per a source familiar with the situation.”
In January 2019, Trump, Jr. reiterated his lack of knowledge of the Moscow project in an interview with Laura Ingraham: “We don’t know anything about it. Ultimately, it was Michael Cohen essentially trying to get a deal done.”
Trump lawyer Cohen, of course, contradicted Trump, Jr.’s account of the meetings, claiming in his own testimony in front of Congress that he briefed Trump, Jr. and his sister, Ivanka, “approxmately 10 times” about the Trump Tower Moscow, and that both Trump children were well aware of the project. Cohen, though, seems to be the only member of the Trump team with any extensive involvement in the project, having been part of negotiations surrounding the Trump Tower Moscow project since 2016.
The Senate Intelligence Committee refused to confirm whether Axios’ report was accurate, telling media only that, “We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the Committee. 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.”
A source close to Donald Trump, Jr. told The Daily Wire exclusively that Trump, Jr. has complied with the committee’s requests, and called the subpoena a “PR stunt.”
“Don is a private citizen, who has already been cleared by Mueller after a two year investigation. He has done 8-9 hours of testimony in front of Senate Intel already and 27 hours of testimony in front of various committees in total. 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 source told The Daily Wire.
“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.”