Trump Jr. to speak with Senate panel Wednesday

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

President Donald Trump's eldest son will testify Wednesday behind closed doors to a Republican-led Senate committee investigating Russian Federation election meddling, a congressional source said.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are also expected to ask Trump Jr. about the timeline of a project Trump pursued during the 2016 election to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Mr. Trump Jr. told the Judiciary Committee that he was only "peripherally aware" of the plan, according to an official transcript.

Trump Jr. said "I am glad this is finally over, we're able to put some final clarity on that, and I think the committee understands that".

"I don't think I changed anything of what I said because there was nothing to change".

Asked if he was anxious about potentially perjuring himself, he said: "Not at all".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has defended Burr, saying "none of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee".

The Senate investigation continues although Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and possible obstruction of justice by the president. "I'm happy to do that", Trump Jr.

The panel's chairman, Republican Senator Richard Burr, faced criticism from within his own party for calling Trump Jr to appear a second time, due to apparent discrepancies between his original 2017 testimony and that of other witnesses. The committee also reportedly had lingering questions regarding a meeting that Trump Jr. accepted with a group of Russians at Trump Tower in NY on June 9, 2016.

Trump initially denied he had any business links to Russian Federation at the time.

Mr. Cohen also told Congress that some reimbursement checks issued to him for hush-money payments to an adult film star who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump were signed by Mr. Trump Jr., as well as the Trump Organization's chief financial officer. Emails leading up to the meeting promised dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent.

Trump one of a few key witnesses that the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling back to Capitol Hill, as it seeks to wrap up its long-running, bipartisan probe into Russian interference.

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