Trump Jr. to interview privately with Senate Judiciary Committee

Trump Jr. to interview privately with Senate Judiciary Committee

Donald Trump Jr. has scheduled a private interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, CNN reported Tuesday.

The date has not been announced.


Trump Jr. made headlines earlier this summer when it was revealed that he attended a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised dirt on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE.

Trump Jr. was first invited to speak to the committee in an open hearing in July, soon after he admitted to meeting with a Russian attorney under the pretenses of receiving ammunition to use against Clinton in the presidential campaign. The committee agreed to allow him to delay his visit and has since been negotiating his testimony. 

Trump Jr. provided the committee with 250 pages of documents as part of that agreement. 

According to the CNN report, senior committee staff will interview Trump Jr. in front of senators at the closed-door meeting.

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort also attended the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, which Trump Jr. has said yielded no useful information.

Trump Jr. released the emails inviting him to the meeting that would offer “very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump” from the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” that would “incriminate” Clinton.

The White House has minimized the importance of the meeting, comparing it to Democratic tactics.

“[The media is] focused on a meeting that Don Jr. had, [but] no consequence when the Democrats actually colluded with a foreign government like Ukraine," said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE and his team are facing a number of investigations into Russia's presidential election interference, including potential ties between Trump and Moscow.