After giving dozens of hours of testimony in front of congressional committees related to the Russia probe, which found no collusion, Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee to answer more questions, this time reportedly about his hours of testimony.
“The subpoena sets up a fight that’s unprecedented in the Trump era: A Republican committee chair pit against the Republican president’s eldest son,” Axios, who broke the story, reported Tuesday. “Mueller, whose investigation did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, did not indict Trump Jr., despite speculation that he would,” the outlet noted later, adding: “The fact that they’re subpoenaing Trump Jr. is a strong signal that he declined a request to appear before the committee again.”
The subpoena may have been prompted by former Trump lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen claiming that Trump Jr. knew more about the “Trump Tower Moscow” deal than he had stated during congressional testimony, Axios suggests.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, a source close to Donald Trump Jr. slammed the subpoena as an “obvious PR stunt,” noting that he has already given 8-9 hours of testimony in front of the Senate Intel committee and over two dozen hours total in front of various committees.
“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,” the source told The Daily Wire Wednesday. “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. 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.”
While he hasn’t yet issued a personal statement on the development, Trump Jr. has made quite clear where he stands online by retweeting a series of posts related to the story.
The first is a tweet by Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA), who wrote in response to the Axios story: “DonaldJTrumpJr has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. Endless investigations—by either party—won’t change the fact that there was NO collusion. It’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations.”
Trump Jr. followed that retweet with another of McCarthy telling Democrats: “The Mueller Report is done. Let’s move forward. With the strongest economy that we’ve seen in 50 years, now is the time to work together to solve actual problems.”
Trump Jr.’s next retweeted Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY), who tweeted in response to the Axios report: “Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed…”
Trump Jr. then highlighted a tweet from Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton slamming the Intel Committee chair for letting Democrats run it: “DonaldJTrumpJr subpoenaed by Senate committee for further testimony on fake Russia story. More harassment of @RealDonaldTrump world. Senate Intell Committee effectively being run by minority.”
He followed that with similar posts by Jason Miller, Ret. Colonel Rob Maness, Katrina Pierson and others. He also retweeted the statement given to The Daily Wire: