Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed — by a Republican-controlled Senate committee
The Senate Intelligence Committee has some more Russia-related questions for the president’s son.
Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by a congressional committee investigating the Russia scandal — but the surprising twist is that it’s a Republican-controlled committee that has made the move.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has demanded Trump Jr. return for further testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow project and other matters, as first reported by Axios’s Jonathan Swan, Alayna Treene, and David Nather and confirmed by other news outlets.
It’s an intriguing development for a few reasons. First, it’s coming from a committee in the Republican-controlled Senate, chaired by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Subpoenaing the president’s son is a dramatic move that we might have eventually expected from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, so it’s noteworthy that a Republican-controlled body is taking this step first.
Burr’s committee has been conducting its own investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election for more than two years. That probe was generally viewed as the most bipartisan and credible effort from the previous GOP-controlled Congress. But Burr himself is hardly unfriendly to the president — he advised Trump’s 2016 campaign on national security and opined earlier this year that he’d seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. (This spurred Trump to call Burr a “highly respected” senator.)