The Senate Judiciary Committee has pre-approved subpoenas to force President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to testify if they don’t respond by Friday evening to their invitation to appear next week.
Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said if they do not accept that subpoenas will be issued “almost immediately.”
“We’ve already authorized” the orders, Grassley said, explaining that the committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), had also signed off on the orders in advance. “She and I don’t have to take any action — it’s already been taken.”
The hearing is scheduled to be held publicly will likely to be a contentious affair after it was found out that the young Trump emailed about meeting with a supposed agent of Russia in order to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
Trump Jr. has already made a number of statements saying he wasn’t aware the lawyer he was meeting with was affiliated with Russia, but the email clearly states that she was a “Russian government lawyer.’ Trump Jr. even replied: ‘I love it’ twice.
Legal analysts are saying that Trump’s willingness to accept opposition research on the behalf of Russia to elect Trump is clear intent to collude with the Russian government, however, Trump is claiming ignorance about the entire incident.
He appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity after the email leak and basically tried to deflect on everything. You can expect the Senate to grill him on all statements he made about this.
Now – for some reason – Trump Jr. is not responding to the Senate Judiciary’s attempts to get ahold of him. It could be that he is simply stalling for time, but you would think Trump’s lawyer would have responded by now.
Trump’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, is not even responding to the media at this point so there is a total blackout as to what is currently going on.
In any case, Trump Jr. will be forced to appear if he doesn’t do so voluntarily.