Trump 'very surprised' by son's subpoena in Russian Federation probe

Trump 'very surprised' by son's subpoena in Russian Federation probe

Richard Burr's decision to subpoena Donald Trump reiterating his earlier contention that "the case is closed".

"Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to have their client participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called Republican senator to cowardly stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee", the source said. "That is our view, that the case is closed and it is time to move on, and I believe that when the Senate Intelligence Committee finally does report, which I think will not be too far down the road from here, they will reach the very same conclusion".

The 41-year-old Don Jr testified voluntarily in private once to the committee, and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other senior Trump campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The lawsuit was brought April 22 by Mr Trump and several of his businesses against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and the President's accounting firm, Mazars USA.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says Trump not exempt from the law and has no special privileges.

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The suggestion that Burr is failing to properly lead the committee is the first real sign of any dissention among its members, who have worked together quietly since the panel's Russian Federation investigation began in early 2017. He testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee for over five hours in September 2017, to the Senate Intelligence Committee for nine hours in December 2017, and to the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours in December 2017.

Additionally, Mueller's final report, citing testimony from Cohen, stated that Trump Jr. had informed his father ahead of time of a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 attended by a Russian attorney who had promised political dirt on Hillary Clinton. He called Mueller's report "the Bible" and that "they say he did nothing wrong".

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Trump Jr. testified before the committee in 2017 and testified multiple other times before Congress.

It comes as two House Democrats on Thursday joined activists at the US Capitol who presented Congress with signatures of 10 million people calling on lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Burr wouldn't comment on the subpoena or the backlash Thursday.

The Senate Intelligence's panel's final report could be delivered by August, and it needs to remain bipartisan, the senator said.

"Trump Jr. testified in 2017 that his father was only peripherally aware" of the Trump Tower Moscow plans.

In fact, Burr's own Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen.

Warner said his panel knew about "90 to 95 percent" of the Russian contacts mentioned in Mueller's report, and in other areas the committee had "much more extensive" information.

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