Feinstein: Mueller says Senate Judiciary can interview Trump Jr., Manafort

Feinstein: Mueller says Senate Judiciary can interview Trump Jr., Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller has given the Senate Judiciary Committee the green light to publicly interview Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE’s (Calif.), said Tuesday.

It is unclear whether either potential witness will accept an invitation, though both have said they are willing to cooperate with investigators looking into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has indicated he is willing to subpoena both men if necessary.


The panel has been sparring with the Senate Intelligence Committee over which committee will get first crack at Trump Jr. after he published emails detailing planning for a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering political dirt on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE.

The OK from Mueller gives the Judiciary Committee the latitude to proceed with its probe into the meeting, which took place on June 9, 2016, at Trump Tower in New York.

Congressional investigators have a longstanding practice of keeping out of the way of any concurrent federal investigations through a practice known as “deconfliction.”

Mueller has previously met with senior members of the Judiciary panel, which has broad jurisdiction over the Justice Department and the FBI and is one of several committees investigating Russian involvement in the election.

Six other attendees at the meeting have been identified: the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and her translator, Anatoli Samochornov; Ike Kaveladze, an American-based representative of a Russian real estate firm; Jared Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's son-in-law and who is now a senior White House adviser Jared Kushner; Rob Goldstone, an intermediary who set up the meeting; and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist who was working to lift sanctions imposed on Moscow over human rights violations.