Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney in June of last year is continuing to cause trouble for him and his father’s administration. The email chain released by Donald Jr. implied that the meeting was held in order to learn potentially incriminating information regarding Hillary Clinton.
Donald Jr. has insisted that nothing of importance was learned at the meeting, but not everyone is satisfied with his response. During an interview with CNN, senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that she will make Donald Jr. testify in a public hearing before the Senate “come hell or high water.”
Last week, the president’s son spoke to members of the Judiciary Committee and their staff regarding that meeting and released a statement saying that he believed his conversations with them satisfied the Committee regarding the Russian meeting.
I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy. pic.twitter.com/zIYkNOd4Zn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 7, 2017
When asked about the possibility of a public hearing, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) didn’t give a definitive answer one way or another. He merely said that they were “going to talk to Sen. Feinstein about that, and make a decision after we talk to her.” Grassley’s comments were non-committal, but most members of Congress, even his fellow Republicans, have expressed an interest in following all leads in the Russian investigation.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said that his committee plans to interview as many people who attended that meeting as possible. In addition to Donald Jr, the committee has already conducted interviews with Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and spoken with former campaign manager Paul Manafort. They have also obtained copies of the notes Manafort made during that meeting. The only person who might present a problem for Burr is Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. As Veselnitskaya is not a U.S. citizen, Congress has no power to compel her to testify. As Burr himself put it, “Can’t compel her. All I can do is use my charm and good looks.”
Veselnitskaya aside, it is likely that Donald Jr. and Kushner will be making appearances before the Senate regarding that meeting. It remains to be seen what the Senate will learn, but it is sure to be interesting.
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