Senator Richard Blumenthal said that Donald Trump Jr.’s interview with a Senate panel Thursday had “gaping holes” and the president’s son should return to testify under oath on his involvement with Russia during the 2016 election, The Hill reports.
Donald Trump Jr. “left more questions unanswered than he answered,” Blumenthal told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.
“There were gaping holes in the information he provided, which is why we need to have him come back in public under oath in a hearing of the Judiciary Committee.” he noted.
Trump Jr. answered questions by the committee for five hours on Thursday on his knowledge of Russian meddling in the election and a June meeting with a Russian attorney where he hoped to gather damaging information against Hillary Clinton.
“But he left nothing to dispel my impression that that June 9 meeting essentially signaled to the Russians ‘we’re open for business, we’re ready to deal,’ and he went to that meeting because he was promised, in effect, dirt on Hillary Clinton,” Blumenthal said.
The senator said he would gladly take the opportunity to question Trump Jr. in a public session.
“The president also has to be held accountable, because he is the one who is embroiled and involved in this issue, and the question is, ‘What did he know and when did he know it?’” Blumenthal added.