Each day Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation gets closer to Donald Trump. The stress is getting to the president as his increasingly irate tweets show. Now that Mueller is a hair’s breadth away from him, the question becomes how will he react?
Two Republican-led committees have scheduled Donald Trump Jr. to appear before the Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees shortly. Given that lying in these committees is a crime, it should be interesting to see how the president’s eldest son will perform.
These committees are primarily concerned about Trump Jr.’s numerous meetings with Russians and his attempts to get dirt on his father’s Democratic competitor in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, from the Russian government. It is likely that the now well-known meeting the president’s son held with the Russians in Trump Tower was not his only Russian connection.
According to Mother Jones, Trump’s son will meet with the House Intelligence Committee next week. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said that Trump’s son will appear before his committee sometime in December. However, the senator declined to give a specific date.
Both of the hearings will be behind closed doors, but it is not unusual for the results of those interviews to be leaked to the press. That is in stark contrast to the extremely tight-lipped Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign-Russia connection.
So far, Mueller has charged four members of Trump’s campaign. The most recent was the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Donald Trump reportedly said that he felt betrayed by Flynn’s plea deal. The special counsel investigation also netted the one-time Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.
The Intelligence Committee members will also be investigating how the Trump campaign interacted with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. A congressional source told Mother Jones:
‘Investigators want to quiz Trump on his meeting last year at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., with Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Russian central bank and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘Torshin, who has denied charges by Spanish officials that he laundered money in Spain for a Russian organized crime group, made a series of overtures to the Trump campaign last year, apparently on behalf of the Kremlin. Torshin’s outreach was part of.’
One conservative activist sent an email to the longtime aide of former Senator Jeff Session, Rick Dearborn, in May 2016:
‘A back-channel to President Putin’s Kremlin.’
Shortly after the meeting with Torshin, the president’s oldest son held the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Manafort and Trump’s brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting. Although the Trump family claimed the meeting was about Russian adoptions, Trump Jr. sent an email stating that he loved the idea the Russians were bringing him damaging information on Clinton.
Burr claimed that he was not concerned that the Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees would be able to question the president’s son before his committee, Mother Jones reported:
‘We’ll have him when we’re ready.’
The committees will also interview the president’s son about his link to WikiLeaks, which released a torrent of emails that Russian hackers had stolen from Clinton’s campaign CEO John Podesta.
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