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Graham: If I were Trump Jr.'s lawyer, 'I'd be reluctant to put him back in this circus'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJohn Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE (R-S.C.) said he would be reluctant to submit Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Noem to get fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Donald Trump Jr. Company appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  MORE to further questioning from the Senate Intelligence Committee after the panel subpoenaed him in connection with its Russia investigation.

“I’m not his lawyer, so it’s up to him, but if I were his lawyer I’d be reluctant to put him back in this circus,” Graham, a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE, said on Capitol Hill Thursday.

The committee's subpoena was the first to a child of the president.

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Trump Jr. previously testified behind closed doors to both the House and Senate intelligence panels as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham now chairs, in 2017.

Trump Jr. has said that he was “peripherally aware” of his father’s business interests in Russia, though the president’s former attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Memo: Trump faces deepening legal troubles Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records Supreme Court declines to shield Trump's tax returns from Manhattan DA MORE testified earlier this year that Trump Jr. was more involved in working to establish a Trump Tower in Moscow than his testimony indicated.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been conducting its own investigation in parallel with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE into Russian election interference in 2016.

Trump Jr. did not speak to the special counsel, who did not find sufficient evidence to prove that any Trump campaign associates conspired with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 race.

A handful of Republicans have already slammed Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Overnight Health Care: COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase | Biden health nominee faces first Senate test | White House defends reopening of facility for migrant kids MORE's (R-N.C.) decision to subpoena Trump Jr., saying Washington should move on from investigating Russian interference following the Mueller probe’s conclusion.

“The Mueller Report cleared @DonaldJTrumpJr and he’s already spent 27 hours testifying before Congress,” Sen Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R-N.C.), who is up for reelection in 2020, tweeted Thursday. “Dems have made it clear this is all about politics. It’s time to move on & start focusing on issues that matter to Americans.”

"Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed...," Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.) tweeted, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE's speech this week declaring the "case closed" on Mueller's probe.

Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to prove that any Trump campaign associates conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 race. Trump Jr. did not speak to the special counsel, but was mentioned in the report.

Updated at 1:02 p.m.