Judiciary chair says he will ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify

14 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • JUSTIN T. GELLERSON  The New York Times

"My motive for bringing him to the committee is because of other involvements with whether or not the Foreign Agent Registration Act has been adequately enforced by this administration and by the Obama administration because I think it's been lackadaisical enforcement and he would be an example of that lackadaisical enforcement", Grassley said, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

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 defended his son in an early Wednesday morning tweet, telling his millions of followers that Donald Trump Jr. was "open, transparent and innocent" during his interview with Fox News.

The Congressional investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 Presidential election was tensed on Wednesday after the legislators planned to question the former leader of the #trump campaign and decide whether the Russian social network trolls were involved in the short-term electoral efforts.

Pressed on whether the committee would subpoena Trump Jr., Grassley said, "Let's wait and see what he does from our letter". However, the immigration parole expired on January 7, 2016 and she was denied an extension.

Grassley is now asking how it was possible for Veselnitskaya to enter the United States for the meeting without a visa.

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While Grassley spoke with reporters Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee Christopher Wray was in session.

CNN reported Thursday that Grassley plans to make his request to the president's eldest son via a letter.

"It's a demanding job that requires a keen understanding of the law, sound management skills, calm under significant pressure and a level head", Grassley said.

Trump, 39, responded "if it's what you say I love it" and set up a meeting with the source, according to the emails.

Trump Jr. has said that while he would have probably handled the meeting request differently now, he believes he did nothing wrong by hearing out someone offering information about a political opponent during a heated political campaign.

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