Kevin McCarthy: Donald Trump Jr. testimony wouldn't change Mueller report outcome

Erika Holt
May 15, 2019

According to one of the people familiar with his remarks, Burr said the committee had been in negotiations with Trump Jr. since December and had scheduled interviews for March and April before he withdrew.

"When he originally agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intel Committee in 2017, there was an agreement between Don and the Committee that he would only have to come in and testify a single time as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they'd like, which Don did", the source said.

As calls from Senate Democrats mounted for contempt proceedings to be initiated, Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, reached an agreement with the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday to comply with a congressional subpoena and provide additional testimony regarding key events in the Russian Federation investigation, according to several media reports.

Donald Trump Jr. will answer questions limited to five or six topics for up to four hours, reported Politico. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a separate interview in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal.

"None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee", the Kentucky Republican said.

Mr. Burr told fellow Republican senators last week that the president's son had twice agreed to voluntary interviews but had not shown up, forcing the subpoena.

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Trump said Tuesday that the subpoena was "very unfair" because his son already provided hours of testimony. I have no idea why.

Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina tweeted: "It's time to move on & start focusing on issues that matter to Americans". Cornyn's Texas colleague Ted Cruz said there was "no need" for the subpoena.

"If I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer I would tell him, 'You don't need to go back into this environment anymore, you've been there for hours and hours and hours and nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation.' I would call it a day", Graham told Fox News.

Still, McConnell made it clear that he is eager to be finished with the probe, which has now gone on for more than two years. "He's indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion, and we are hoping that we'll get a report on that stuff here". The June appearance will also be the last time Trump asked to speak to the committee, under the agreement, as reported by CNN.

In his report, Mueller explained that he and his team considered charging Trump Jr. and others with campaign-finance violations for agreeing to meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya based on their understanding that she could provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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