Dem senator calls for Trump Jr. to be subpoenaed

Dem senator calls for Trump Jr. to be subpoenaed
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is urging the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. to testify publicly before the panel. 

The Democratic senator, a member of the committee, sent a letter to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa) on Tuesday asking him to “immediately issue a subpoena for public testimony and documents from Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE, Jr.”

“Recent revelations have shown beyond question that the American people can only feel certain that Mr. Trump, Jr. has been fully forthcoming if he is subject to a subpoena,” Blumenthal wrote.

He added that the Senate Judiciary Committee should “issue a subpoena to compel him to fully account for his actions in front of the American people and to provide this committee with the documents we need to fulfill our important oversight responsibilities.”

Under Judiciary Committee rules, the panel can only issue a subpoena with the support of a majority of the committee’s members or when Grassley and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: ‘Credible case' of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member, are in agreement. 

Trump Jr. is expected to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, and has agreed to sit down with staff from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Both panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Trump Jr. confirmed last month that he exchanged messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks during his father’s campaign. The website published troves of leaked Democratic emails believed to have been stolen by Russian-backed hackers.

Blumenthal pointed to the revelation as one of a “number of cascading disclosures that suggest collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.” 

“Mr. Trump, Jr.’s refusal to testify before the Committee means that key questions have been left unanswered,” he said. 

The Judiciary Committee — which is conducting its own investigation into the 2016 election and FBI Director James Comey’s firing — initially issued a subpoena earlier this year, but then backed off saying Trump Jr.'s attorneys had agreed to cooperate. 

Trump Jr. met with Judiciary Committee staff in September and discussed a July 2016 meeting, which he took part in, involving a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE

But Democrats on the committee have been clamoring for him to testify publicly, and Grassley defended the closed-door meeting by saying that Trump Jr. would also testify publicly.