McCarthy: GOP-led Senate Intel panel 'wrong' to subpoena Trump Jr.

McCarthy: GOP-led Senate Intel panel 'wrong' to subpoena Trump Jr.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday doubled down on his criticism of the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “wrong” for the GOP-led panel to issue a subpoena for Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK MORE and urging it to reconsider its decision.

“I believe Donald Trump Jr. has already testified for hours, more than 20 hours. I believe it’s time to move on,” McCarthy told reporters at his weekly news conference. “I think they have it wrong.”


Asked by a reporter from The Hill how Trump Jr. should respond to that subpoena, McCarthy said he hoped the Senate panel would reverse course.

“I think the committee ought to relook at it,” he said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by North Carolina Republican Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' MORE, shocked Washington on Wednesday by issuing a subpoena to compel Trump Jr. to testify before Congress as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It marked the first known subpoena of one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s children.

Trump Jr. has already testified before the Senate panel in 2017 and was interviewed as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE’s Russia probe. But new information has come to light since then, and Burr and other lawmakers want to question the president’s son about his involvement and knowledge of the president’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before he won the White House.

McCarthy, who is close to President Trump and his children, also tweeted his frustration at the Intelligence panel late Wednesday: "@DonaldJTrumpJr has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. Endless investigations—by either party—won't change the fact that there was NO collusion. It's time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations."

He joins a chorus of House and Senate Republicans who’ve harshly criticized their fellow Republican, Burr, for issuing a subpoena for Trump Jr.

"Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed," tweeted Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (R-Ky.), referring to Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE's (R-Ky.) comments earlier in the week.

Before winning his third Senate term in 2016, Burr said he wouldn't run for reelection in 2022.