Trump Jr. Adds to Legal Team ahead of Senate Testimony

Donald Trump Jr.’s legal team is bringing on D.C.-based attorney and longtime regulatory attorney Karina Lynch, Fox Business reports. Lynch is joining the team just days ahead of Trump Jr.’s planned Wednesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating Russian interference in last year’s campaign.

She reportedly helped negotiate Trump Jr. a private interview in front of the committee instead of giving public testimony. Trump’s lead attorney, Alan Futerfas, confirmed Lynch was brought on board last week, saying she’s “wonderful” and has “a lot of Washington, D.C., experience”.

Trump Jr. and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were initially called to publicly testify in front of the Judiciary Committee after revelations they had an undisclosed meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had promised compromising information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Democrats have slammed the meeting, calling it a smoking gun proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein said in a joint statement that they would not immediately subpoena Trump Jr. or Manafort to testify at the Wednesday hearing.

“Both Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, through their attorneys, have agreed to negotiate to provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing,” the lawmakers said.

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