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 PaulMultiple lawmakers self-quarantine after exposure to Gohmert Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 Republican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTwitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after sharing coronavirus disinformation South Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle 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 CohenOn The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump 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 GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Hillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review 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 McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations 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.