Judiciary chair says he will ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify

Marsha Scott
July 14, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking how the Russian attorney who met with President Donald Trump a year ago was allowed in the country.

Senator Chuck Grassley said he would subpoena the president's eldest son if necessary.

Grassley said the committee would call Manafort to testify to learn why he didn't file as a foreign agent before becoming involved in the US presidential campaign.

Donald Jr. accepted a meeting, along with Manafort, with a Russian lawyer claiming to have ties to the Russian government in June 2016.

The display showed Short talk to a music publisher who wanted to find a Russian government lawyer who would apparently take Clinton's dirt as 'part of Russian government support.

The scope of congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest came into sharper focus on Wednesday, July 12, as lawmakers said they meant to question the former chairman of the Trump campaign and to determine whether Russian social media "trolls" were connected to Trump's election efforts.

The lawmakers spoke one day after Donald Trump Jr. posted on Twitter a series of emails that revealed his eagerness to hear negative material on Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

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Grassley has questions about whether Veselnitskaya should have been registered and whether the foreign agent act is being properly enforced.

While Grassley spoke with reporters Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee Christopher Wray was in session.

Although he's entangled in the larger web created by the Russian Federation probes, Manafort previously disclosed this meeting to congressional investigators before Trump Jr. leaked his emails - but he wasn't required to disclose the content of it.

"I think many people would have held that meeting", Trump told Reuters.

Trump also said in a tweet that his son was "open, transparent and innocent" and again dismissed the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as the "greatest Witch Hunt in political history".

President Trump said that "most people would have taken that meeting", contradicting his incoming Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony that Donald Trump Jr should have instead alerted authorities.

The "Steele dossier" is a report that is believed to have been funded by a Hillary Clinton backer and was spread widely among politicians and journalists with the intention of damaging Trump with information that has been widely debunked. "Paul's work ended well before he joined Candidate Trump's campaign", Maloni said in a statement.

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