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 PaulMellman: Looking to Iowa Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day 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 CohenTrump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Karen McDougal sues Fox News over alleged slander Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe 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 request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties North Carolina congressman says he won't seek reelection after redistricting Senate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges 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 McConnellRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday McConnell: Senate impeachment trial will begin in January 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.