Rand Paul: Trump Jr. subpoena a 'real travesty of justice'

Rand Paul: Trump Jr. subpoena a 'real travesty of justice'
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran Overnight Defense: Latest on Iran after Trump halts planed strike | Dems call Trump's approach 'erratic' | Key Republican urges Trump to retaliate | Esper reportedly getting Defense secretary nomination MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE for further testimony in its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, suggesting it could end up being a perjury trap. 

“I think it’s a real travesty of justice. I think it’s very unfair to the president and the president‘s family on this. Mueller spend $35 million and two years, and the president was cleared. For the Senate to be calling up the president’s son and putting him in jeopardy by bringing him in and grilling him… I think it’s really a tragedy,” Paul said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ radio show.

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“This is not a friendly maneuver. This is an adversarial maneuver to bring him in under oath. And the Democrats will try to trip him up and get him to make some kind of mistake. From a Democrat perspective this is a chance to go after the Trump family and try to trick them into some kind of misstatement that then [Trump Jr.] is prosecuted for,” he added.

Trump Jr.’s past comments to the committee have come under scrutiny after Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenHouse Intelligence Committee to subpoena Trump associate Felix Sater Hicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE, the president’s former lawyer, told lawmakers that Trump Jr. was more involved in business efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow than he previously suggested.

Paul, an outspoken Trump loyalist in the Senate, went after Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the intelligence panel, for asking for further testimony from Trump Jr., who answered the committee’s questions in 2017.

“I thought most Republicans knew that this was a witch hunt and the witch hunt is over,” Paul said. “The Republican senator from North Carolina is the head of the intelligence committee, Richard Burr. He may have his reasons. I just disagree with him. I think the investigation is over. The case is closed.”

Paul was the first Republican senator to come out against Burr’s decision. He was followed by a slate of other Trump allies, many of whom cited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request MORE’s floor speech declaring “case closed.”

“Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed,” Paul said in a tweet.