Senate panel asks Trump Jr., Manafort to testify July 26

The Judiciary Committee also has made far-reaching document requests, suggesting the breadth of its investigation.
By Harry Marcolis | Jul 21, 2017
The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to testify July 26 as part of the panel's investigation into alleged interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election campaign, a Bloomberg report said.

The hearing comes on the heels of revelations by the media and Trump Jr. of a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in which Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort sought to get damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin.

While the Judiciary Committee says it expects Manafort and Trump Jr. to agree to testify, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have agreed to issue subpoenas in the event they do not.

The Judiciary Committee also has made far-reaching document requests, suggesting the breadth of its investigation. For example, it seeks records of all communications with dozens of Russians, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Manafort retroactively registered with the U.S. government as a foreign agent in June, revealing he received $17.1 million from a Ukrainian political party for work performed between 2012 and 2013 on behalf of the pro-Russian Party of Regions, according to Bloomberg.

The committee also is seeking testimony from Glenn Simpson, whose company is said to have commissioned a "dossier" on Trump.

Two days before Trump Jr. and Manafort are scheduled to testify, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has agreed to meet with Senate investigators behind closed doors.

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