It would not have been surprising to hear that Donald Trump, Jr. was getting a subpoena by a House Committee, but this…
On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to Donald Trump, Jr. to further question him about the abandoned Trump Tower project in Russia.
Russia and Trump Tower
The renewed interest of Trump Jr. and the Russian project was spurned on by statements made by Michael Cohen.
Previously, Trump Jr. had testified he was “peripherally” aware of the project.
Michael Cohen, however, stated he had briefed Jr. on the project at least 10 times.
From the reports we have seen, though, that is about as far as it went.
There is no detail on just how much information Trump Jr. actually knew about the project nor is there any evidence he was heading up the project for his father.
A “briefing” as Cohen called it, could have been nothing more than a state of the union type briefing to apprise Trump Jr. of what was going on.
Also of interest is the context of the alleged emails regarding the meeting that was held at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney.
When word of the subpoena hit the media, everyone, including the White House, was surprised.
Something like this was to be expected from a Democrat-controlled House committee, but in the Republican-controlled Senate?
This is more or less revisiting the collusion narrative, something that has already been dismissed by the Mueller report.
Needless to say, the news did not sit well with Republicans, either.
Senator Rand Paul tweeted out, “apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed.”
The move is actually quite baffling as to why they would even need to talk to Trump Jr. again.
In essence, they are taking Michael Cohen at his word, a man headed to jail for among other things, lying during his testimony during the Mueller investigation.
Early indications are that Trump Jr. will be encouraged by the White House to fight the subpoena, but no formal statement has been made yet.
We will keep our eye on this as it is still a developing story.
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