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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Floyd eulogies begin; Trump-Esper conflict emerges The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Top GOP lawmakers invite Blue Dogs to meet with China Task Force 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. hits Howard Stern for going 'establishment,' 'acting like Hillary' Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing 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 BurrTrump asserts his power over Republicans FISA 'reform': Groundhog Day edition Rubio: Coronavirus conspiracy theories could be used in foreign election misinformation campaigns 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 TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 PaulPaul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill Rand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill Democratic senator to offer amendment halting 'military weaponry' given to police MORE (R-Ky.), referring to Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill 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.