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 PaulOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK 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 CohenCohen challenges Sekulow to testify about Trump Tower meetings George Conway contrasts Trump denying 'cover-ups' with check to Michael Cohen Avenatti indicted for allegedly defrauding Stormy Daniels 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 BurrFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' 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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval 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.