Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push necessary sexual harassment coaching for members, workers Senate panel to carry listening to on bump shares, background checks Senate panel to carry listening to on bump shares MORE (R-Iowa) mentioned Tuesday the exchanges between Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: ‘DC ought to annex’ Northern Virginia Dems see beneficial properties in Virginia’s House of Delegates MORE Jr. and WikiLeaks previous to the 2016 presidential election appear “very innocuous.”
“I read those emails. He only responded to two or three of them, and they were very innocuous. So I don’t even know why you’d be asking about him if you read them,” Grassley instructed CNN.
President Trump’s eldest son confirmed Monday that he acquired quite a few direct messages on Twitter from WikiLeaks. The correspondence was largely one-sided, with Trump Jr. solely responding to a couple messages.
Here is the whole chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping three responses) which one of many congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/three pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
In one occasion, the anti-secrecy group prompt Trump Jr. ought to leak one in every of his father’s tax returns to the group in an effort to enhance the notion of the positioning’s impartiality. In one other message, WikiLeaks pushed Trump Jr. to inform his father to not settle for the election outcomes if he misplaced.
Trump Jr. didn’t reply to both solicitation.
The correspondence was reportedly given to lawmakers investigating Russian interference within the 2016 election.
While Democrats have been calling for Trump Jr. to testify in a public listening to earlier than the committee, Grassley mentioned Tuesday that the messages don’t make that any extra prone to occur.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is one in every of a number of congressional committees within the midst of separate investigations into Russian meddling within the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller can be main a probe into Russian affect and doable ties to the Trump marketing campaign.