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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report House chairman warns foreign governments to 'cease and desist' spending money at Trump properties Chris Cuomo: 'I should be better than the guys baiting me' 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 CohenI'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Hope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony 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 TrumpDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia Ivanka Trump talking to lawmakers about gun reform legislation: report 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 WarnerFacebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces 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 BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick 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 McCarthyI'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Tlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' MORE (R-Calif.) said. “I think they have it wrong.”

Updated at 4 p.m.