The House Intelligence Committee will interview Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday, the first time lawmakers on Capitol Hill will have an opportunity to question President Donald Trump's eldest son about any Russian contact during the presidential campaign.
Trump Jr. is of interest to investigators for his controversial meeting of the Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer who is said to have problems with Hillary Clinton.
"If that's what you say, I love it," Trump Jr. said in an email responding to the dirty offer by publicist Rob Goldstone, who organized the Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
In September, Trump Jr. denied collusion with Russia to interfere in the elections in a closed-door interview with the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to his statement to the committee obtained by ABC News at the time.
He told the panel that Veselnitskaya spoke "very generally" about possible foreign donors to the Democratic Party before mentioning the US adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law passed by Congress in 2012 that prevents certain officials from Russians travel to the United States. Russia retaliated against the adoption of the sanctions package by prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children.
"After a perfunctory greeting, the lawyer began to tell the group, in general, something about people related to Russia who supported or financed the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee, it was quite difficult for me to understand what he was saying or why, "said Trump Jr. in his written statement. "Given our tight schedules, we kindly asked if you could be more specific and provide more clarity about your goal for the meeting." At that time, Ms. Veselnitskaya pivoted and started talking about the adoption of Russian children by American citizens and something called the Magnitsky Law. "
Congressional investigators have already questioned four other participants in that controversial meeting, including Jared Kushner, Ike Kavelzade, a representative of a Russian developer, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akkmetshin and translator Anatoli Samochornov.
Trump Jr. is also expected to be questioned on Wednesday about his relationship with WikiLeaks, after admitting last month that he contacted site representatives through direct messages on Twitter from September 2016 to the first half of 2017 He confirmed the conversations after they were reported by The Atlantic.
You could also appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee later this month, and Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee also want you to return for a public hearing.
On Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, called the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to issue a citation to compel Trump Jr.'s cooperation, saying he did not disclose his exchanges of Twitter with WikiLeaks to the panel in September.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., declined to comment on Trump Jr.'s appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
On Friday, Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and said he is cooperating with the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on Russian efforts to influence the elections and the potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
In October, Trump's former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about interactions with Russian nationals and efforts to organize a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials. He is cooperating with Mueller's research as well.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted in October on charges including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and work as unregistered foreign agents. Both pleaded not guilty and await a trial next year.
On Monday, special prosecutors argued in a court document that Manafort was working with an individual related to Russian intelligence in an editorial about his work for Ukraine.