It’s been less than two weeks since the news broke about the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during his father’s campaign last summer, but members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have not wasted any time setting up a hearing to learn more about it.
It was announced on Wednesday that both Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have been scheduled to testify before the committee on July 26. Neither Trump Jr. nor Manafort has confirmed that they will appear for their hearings. However, committee members have made it clear that there will be consequences if they don’t accept the invitation.
On Thursday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is the chairman of the committee, told CNN that he is prepared to subpoena both Trump Jr. and Manafort if they don’t voluntarily appear next week.
‘We sent the letter, I don’t know whether they’ve accepted, but we sent the letter and we asked them for a voluntary appearance, and we also, I think we’ve indicated to them that — I don’t know if we said it in the letter or not — but we indicated to them, at least publicly I indicated to them that there will be a subpoena if they don’t come.’
‘We are having a hearing next Wednesday, so obviously we want to hear right away so we can get the subpoena — I hope they accept the subpoena voluntarily, but if they don’t then you have to have a marshal give it and that takes a little more time.’
Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the committee’s top Democrat, echoed Grassley’s warning during an interview with MSNBC’s Garrett Haake.
When Haake asked Feinstein if she was worried about the fact that Trump Jr. and Manafort have not yet accepted the invitation testify, Feinstein said that she wasn’t because “if they don’t [accept], they’ll be subpoenaed.”
Watch Feinstein’s comments in the video below, available via Twitter.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 20, 2017
Plenty of people have commented on the video and said they fully support Trump Jr. and Manafort being subpoenaed if they don’t accept the judiciary committee’s invitation soon.
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