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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports MORE (R-S.C.) said he would be reluctant to submit Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses 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 John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE, said on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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


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 CohenFree Roger Stone Trump calls the Russia investigation 'bulls---' CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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) Swan 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 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 BurrPelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US prosecutors bring new charges against China's Huawei 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 TillisErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Trump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire Three Senate primaries to watch on Super Tuesday 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 PaulSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Pelosi names first-ever House whistleblower ombudsman director The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Ky.) tweeted, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics 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.