Trump Jr grilled by US senators, says unconcerned about perjury

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

He is expected to be asked about the timeline of a real estate development his father pursued during the 2016 election to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, spoke to the Senate intelligence committee for around three hours Wednesday, following up on a 2017 interview with the same panel as part of its two-year-long Russian Federation investigation.

Trump Jr. was also questioned about whether he was aware of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conversations with Russians and Roger Stone's discussions with WikiLeaks, the source said.

Trump Jr. agreed to appear to the interview after the senators issued a subpoena against him.

The committee also reportedly had lingering questions regarding a meeting that Trump Jr. accepted with a group of Russians at Trump Tower in NY on June 9, 2016.

In Wednesday's interview, Trump Jr. told the committee that he would never whisper in his dad's ear about the meeting, the source said, because if he had wanted to say something he wouldn't have kept it a secret.

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Trump Jr. would not discuss the details of the Senate interview as he left, but said he was happy to comply if clarification was needed.

The appearance by the president's son follows a subpoena by the GOP chairman of the committee, North Carolina Sen.

Cohen, who also has spoken to several of the congressional panels investigating Russia's election interference, is serving a three-year prison sentence for financial crimes and lying to Congress - a fact Trump Jr. noted Wednesday as he defended his prior testimony.

Mr. Trump told reporters last month he was "surprised" to learn his son had been subpoenaed.

President Trump is battling any cooperation with Congress in the Russian Federation meddling investigation, claiming that he has already been "totally exonerated" of collusion and obstruction of justice by special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report, which was completed in late March. Burr said the panel has just a handful of witnesses left before wrapping up the probe.

On Wednesday Trump Jr said he provided "clarification" to the intelligence panel after special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, submitted in April, detailed how the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr may have told his father about a meeting to collect "adverse information" on Clinton. On Wednesday, senators attended the interview but are not asking questions directly, instead passing notes to committee staff if they had questions, according to Senate aides. Burr told The Associated Press last month that he hopes to be finished with the investigation by the end of the year.

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