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 PaulUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball 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 CohenMichael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip Why the Trump Organization indictment may be far less consequential than the media think Michael Cohen: Weisselberg indictment 'the tip of the iceberg' 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 BurrSenate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill 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 McConnellSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Manchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 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.