WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has announced it will call Donald Trump, Jr. to testify before lawmakers amid revelations that the president’s son met with a Russian attorney who promised “dirt” on the president’s then rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the Spring of 2016 according to a report published on Tuesday by Reuters.
According to the report (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSKBN19W24F?il=0), the committee will seek to obtain all documents pertaining to any communications Trump, Jr. or members of the Trump administration had with Russian officials during the time leading up to the November, 2016 election.
As reported earlier (https://rebekahworsham.org/2017/07/11/don-comes-clean-trump-jr-releases-full-transcript-of-email-interaction-with-russian-lawyer-who-sought-to-stop-hillary/), Trump, Jr. released a chain of emails to social media on Tuesday which documented a high ranking Russian attorney’s apparent offer to provide information that would “incriminate” Trump’s then Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
As of press time there has been no date set for the testimony as the committee is still in the process of sending Trump’s eldest son a formal request for information.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat on the committee, say the emails prove that the Trump campaign “sought to collude with a hostile foreign power to subvert America’s democracy.”
“The question is how far the coordination goes,” said Wyden.
Trump, Jr. claims no wrongdoing in regard to the email communication nor the subsequent meeting that followed. In a statement released on Tuesday, the president’s eldest son claims the meeting turned out to be fruitless and a waste of time.
“I first wanted to just have a phone call but when they didn’t work out, they said the woman would be in New York and asked if I would meet. I decided to take the meeting…As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was ‘the most insane nonsense I ever heard. And I was actually agitated by it’” the statement reads.
Although Trump Jr. tweeted Monday that he would be “happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization has confirmed that he has hired a lawyer, Alan Futerfas, to represent him in regard to the Russia probes.