Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the GOP-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia investigation, a source has confirmed.
Although this is the first congressional subpoena to one of the President’s children, it is not the first time that Trump Jr. has testified before Congress. In December 2017, he appeared before the House and Senate Intelligence panels in connection with their probes into Russian election interference. No transcripts of his testimonies have been released.
That same month, the President’s son also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, telling the panel that he was “peripherally aware” of plans to expand his father’s businesses to Russia, The Hill writes, citing the transcript of his testimony.
That appearance before the Senate panel was put under intense scrutiny after President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified that Trump Jr.’s involvement in the Moscow Trump Tower project was far greater.
A spokesman for the Senate panel said the Intelligence Committee has “reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed.”
“We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the Committee,” the spokesperson noted.
It is not clear how Trump Jr. will respond to the subpoena, although a source close to the President’s son blasted Democrats for issuing the subpoena, pointing to the fact that Trump Jr. had already testified voluntarily before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Don is a private citizen, who has already been cleared by Mueller after a two-year investigation. He has done 8-9 hours of testimony in front of Senate Intel already and 27 hours of testimony in front of various committees in total,” the source said.
The source further criticized the panel’s chairman, GOP Senator Richard Burr by saying that he did not have the courage to stand up to the committee’s ranking member, Democrat Mark Warner, as well as to other Democrats in their “obvious PR stunt.”
“Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions,” the source added.