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: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' 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.'s book, 'Triggered,' to be published in November Trump campaign selling branded plastic straws as alternative to 'liberal paper straws' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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 BurrOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban Top North Carolina newspapers editorial board to GOP: 'Are you OK with a racist president?' Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media 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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony This week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' MORE (R-Ky.), referring to Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch 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.