Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Sen. Chuck Grassley to send Trump Jr. letter asking him to testify

White House under siege amid email fallout Grassley Demands Answers on Why Russian Lawyer Was Allowed in US for Trump Jr. Meeting
Howard Terry | 14 July, 2017, 00:31

Grassley said the committee would call Manafort to testify to learn why he didn't file as a foreign agent before becoming involved in the US presidential campaign.

Trump Jr. found himself engulfed in scandal after releasing emails this week in which he accepted a meeting with a Russian attorney whom publicist Rob Goldstone, an acquaintance of Trump Jr., said had information representing efforts from the Russian government to help elect the elder Trump.

Richard Burr of North Carolina, hasn't said whether the secretive committee will call him in.

Trump Jr. said Tuesday he would be "happy" to work with a Senate Intelligence Committee now investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election after he himself acknowledged meeting a Kremlin-linked lawyer during his father's campaign.

President Donald Trump is addressing the controversy over his eldest son's meeting with a Russian attorney during last year's presidential campaign.

The president says the Russian national involved wasn't a government lawyer. "From what I've seen so far from meetings with Mr. Wray and from looking at his record, he appears to possess these qualifications". He said he was willing to subpoena him if he refused to testify.

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story misstated whom Donald Trump Jr. had emailed.

Trump also said in a tweet that his son was "open, transparent and innocent" and again dismissed the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as the "greatest Witch Hunt in political history".

Manafort disclosed the meeting in a package of information he provided to the Senate and House intelligence committees, who have been investigating potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, as is Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointed by the Justice Department as the special counsel.

In his letter, Grassley requests information about how the lawyer was able to stay in the U.S.at least until the meeting in June.

Working in consultation with the White House to select a nominee, including an hour-long meeting with Trump and several phone calls, Grassley said in June he was pleased with the selection process.

He said the president had not been aware of Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting and didn't find out about his son's email exchange until "very recently".

In the emails, Trump Jr. was told by an interlocutor that he could get "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

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