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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day 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 CohenKaren McDougal sues Fox News over alleged slander Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Five things to watch for at Trump's NATO meetings 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 TrumpMedicare administrator asked for reimbursement for stolen jewelry, clothing: report Tech finds surprise ally in Trump amid high-stakes tax fight White House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers 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 WarnerHillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware 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 BurrGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties North Carolina congressman says he won't seek reelection after redistricting Senate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges 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 McCarthyDemocrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test CNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations MORE (R-Calif.) said. “I think they have it wrong.”

Updated at 4 p.m.