BREAKING: Kushner & Trump Jr. Get Rude Awakening From Senate Judiciary Committee

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One major focus that the Senate Judiciary Committee has set their sights on has been the infamous Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. It was later found that there were other members of the Trump campaign in the room. Two notable characters in the room included Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.

When called before committee staffers to answer questions, both Kushner and Trump Jr. were offered the privilege of privacy and were not forced to answer questions in front of cameras and the nation.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Vanessa Trump and her husband Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watch U.S. President Donald Trump cut a cake during the inaugural Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The ball is part of the celebrations following the inauguration of Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

However, that might change if 10 Democrats get their way. It began with Sen. Dianne Feinstein calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold public hearings. Back in September 2017, she was asked if she thought it would happen and she remarked:

‘I do — come hell or high water.’

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 13: Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arrives for a closed-door committee meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the week, Feinstein said that Donald Trump, Jr. should testify before the intelligence committee after it was revealed that he and Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of getting opposition information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

Sen. Feinstein doesn’t play. Nine Democratic senators joined in her call for public hearings by supporting her in a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuch Grassley (R-Iowa) Those senators included Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Christopher Coons, Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 6: Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing concerning firearm accessory regulation and enforcing federal and state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on Capitol Hill, December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

They wrote of their support:

‘Senator Feinstein has previously asked for public hearings as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, potential Trump campaign collusion, and any related obstruction of justice. We support her requests.’

Although there are plans to release transcripts of the Trump Jr. interview to the public, the senators wrote that was not enough.

‘We commend the promise you made at the last executive business meeting to begin publicly releasing transcripts of the interviews that have been conducted thus far by Committee staff. However, simply releasing these transcripts is not enough. Committee members have long been led to believe that they would have the chance to question witnesses directly — to follow up on the many questions raised by the staff interviews and to ensure that witnesses testify publicly and under oath.’

They requested that public hearings be held for both Trump Jr. and Kushner, Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law. Though Trump Jr. appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kushner has refused to schedule an interview with them. He did appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

‘Mr. Kushner’s recent decision to refuse a private interview with our Committee does not diminish the need to compel his public testimony and that of other crucial witnesses. If anything, it makes his public testimony all the more essential. The fact that Mr. Kushner spoke to other Congressional committees also does not free him from his obligation to testify before us. Those committees have different areas of jurisdiction and focus; their efforts in no way eliminate our right and responsibility to do our job.’

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 24: White House Senior Advisor and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reads a statment in front of West Wing of the White House after testifying behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election July 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. In a statement released before the meeting, Kushner said he met with people who represented or may have represented the Russian government four times. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

They also noted Kushner has not provided all the documents they requested.

‘It is also our understanding that Mr. Kushner has produced some, but not all, of the documents requested of him and – notably – that he has refused to provide any documents related to the sections of his security clearance forms that would reveal foreign travel and contacts.’

Will Grassley give in to the demands of Democrats on the committee and call for public hearings? We can’t be certain of that. What we can be certain of is the America public deserves to see Trump Jr. and Kushner questioned for their role in the Trump campaign and any relationship they may have had with Russian entities.

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