Grassley may subpoena Trump Jr. to testify to Senate panel

Jerome Frank
July 14, 2017

Also Wednesday, Grassley flagged another potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

Manafort will indeed be questioned for participation in the Trump Tower meeting last June, on behalf of Donald Trump's son, who was aiming to listen to potentially damaging information by the Russian lawyer against Hillary Clinton.

Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the meetings, adding that he was sure Trump Jr. would come before the panel, as well as the other Trump officials who attended the meeting, including then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley in Washington on September 20, 2016.

The senator from the U.S. state of Iowa added that if necessary, he will subpoena Manafort.

Also that month, a Washington lobbying firm that Manafort co-managed registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. But as has been mentioned before, those close to Manafort say he has been cooperative and will continue to be - he's just waiting on the committee to give him a date for the hearing.

Trump Jr. said Monday, after the meeting was reported but before releasing the emails, that he is "Happy to work with" another Senate committee "to pass on what I know".

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Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. had held an unreported meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. However, the immigration parole expired on January 7, 2016 and she was denied an extension.

"It was in the previous administration [and] if there had been enforcement of the immigration laws, she wouldn't have been in the country", said Grassley.

"Obviously it would be appropriate for anybody to get into anything that went on at that meeting, and he was at that meeting", Grassley told Iowa reporters.

President Donald Trump defended his son in an early Wednesday morning tweet, telling his millions of followers that Donald Trump Jr. was "open, transparent and innocent" during his interview with Fox News.

President Donald Trump announced his nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a post on Twitter June 7.

"There's probably more questions about this that these e-mails will raise and we look forward to having a chance to speak with Mr. Trump Jr. about this", said Republican Representative Chris Stewart, who serves on the committee.

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