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Donald Trump Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoena
May 15, 2019 at 01:39 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Republican chairman Richard Burr, issued a subpoena to compel Donald Trump Jr. to testify before the committee as part of its ongoing Russia investigation.
  • The committee heard from Trump Jr. when he first testified in 2017, and is now seeking to clarify some of the answers given during that interview.
  • The committee reportedly intends to re-question Trump Jr. about whether or not he was aware of a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before the presidential election, as well as the campaign meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
  • The subpoena drew backlash from a handful of Republican members of Congress, including Senator Lindsey Graham.
  • On Sunday, Graham said in a Fox News interview that Trump Jr. should ignore the committee’s subpoena and refuse to testify. On Monday, he amended the statement, saying the president’s son should comply with the subpoena but refuse to answer questions by pleading the fifth amendment.
  • Yesterday, the committee struck a deal with Trump Jr. to get him to appear before the panel in a closed-door interview next month.

Food For Thought

Was the Senate right to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.? Was Senator Lindsey Graham right to suggest the president’s son plead the fifth during his testimony?

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