Trump Jr. to meet with Senate panel amid Russia probe

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE, will meet with Senate Intelligence Committee staff this month as part of the panel's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFDA tobacco crackdown draws fire from right Rand Paul blocking Trump counterterrorism nominee Senate panel seeks interview with Steve Bannon, lawyer says MORE (R-N.C.), the committee's chairman, confirmed to NBC News on Friday that Trump Jr. would speak to staff.

CNN previously reported that Trump Jr. had agreed to meet with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 6. His testimony before that panel is expected to focus on his contacts with Russian officials and representatives during the 2016 election.


Trump Jr. confirmed last month that he exchanged messages on Twitter with the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks during his father's campaign.

WikiLeaks published troves of leaked Democratic emails believed to have been stolen by Russian-backed hackers.

The revelation that Trump Jr. will also meet with Senate Intelligence Committee staff came hours after Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn, who resigned in February just 24 days after entering the White House, acknowledged in court documents that he had acted in consultation with Trump transition officials when he communicated with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is among multiple congressional panels investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate law enforcement probe into the matter.