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Trump Jr. unlikely to comply with Senate Intel subpoena: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. in radio ad: Father's 'accomplishments' are on the ballot in Georgia Senate races Trump Jr. aides launch super PAC to persuade president's supporters to vote in Georgia Most Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 MORE, is reportedly unlikely to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee for his testimony about his communication with Russian officials.

Reuters, citing two congressional sources, reported Thursday afternoon that Trump Jr. would likely refuse to comply with the subpoena by invoking his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self-incrimination.

Neither the White House nor a representative for Trump Jr. immediately responded to a request for comment.

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The report comes as the president defended his eldest son on Thursday, saying he was "surprised" to see the GOP-led panel had subpoenaed Trump Jr., who had testified behind closed doors before the House and Senate Intelligence committees in late 2017 as part of their probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Frankly, for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting, yeah, I’m surprised,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

The president said his son is a “good person” while declining to say whether he should fight the subpoena, news of which emerged on Wednesday.

Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said senators on the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Trump Jr. because they want to question him themselves.

Trump Jr. reportedly answered questions from committee staff when he testified before the panel in December 2017.

The congressional sources reportedly added that the committee is seeking to question Trump Jr. about testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017.

According to a transcript released by the Judiciary Committee, Trump Jr. said at the time that he was “peripherally aware” of plans to expand his father’s businesses into Russia. But Trump’s former lawyer, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFor the Trump-haters, everything is a crime Talk of self-pardon for Trump heats up Ousted federal prosecutor hired by New York law firm MORE, testified before Congress in February that Trump Jr. was far more involved in talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen said that he briefed Trump Jr. and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Comedy duo posts 'Ivanka Trump Not Wanted' posters around NYC MORE, the president's eldest daughter, about 10 times on the topic.

Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBipartisan, bicameral group unveils 8 billion coronavirus proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Congress ends its year under shadow of COVID-19 MORE (Va.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, would not comment on the subpoena on Thursday. But he said the panel has been clear that it reserves the “right to bring witnesses back if we have additional questions or there’s inconsistencies.”

The Intelligence Committee, chaired by GOP Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrRep. Mark Walker announces Senate bid in North Carolina North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid MORE (N.C.), has been investigating Russian election interference for more than two years. Burr said he expects to conclude the probe in the coming months.

The decision to subpoena Trump Jr. was met with criticism from some GOP lawmakers.

“I believe Donald Trump Jr. has already testified for hours, more than 20 hours. I believe it’s time to move on,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Hoyer releases 2021 House calendar Ronna McDaniel launches bid for third term as GOP chair MORE (R-Calif.) said. “I think they have it wrong.”

Updated at 4 p.m.