Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner (senior advisor to President Trump), and Paul Manafort (former Trump campaign manager) will be going before the Senate to testify in regards to their meeting with a Russian lawyer, who they thought had damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
JUST IN: Donald Trump Jr and Paul Manafort scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, July 26, committee says.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 19, 2017
Trump Jr and Manafort are set to testify on July 26, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, Kushner will go alone into a closed session on July 24, before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Apparently, if they were to decline testifying, they will be subpoenaed. The Hill reports:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday she isn’t concerned about Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort agreeing to testify before a Senate panel, because if they don’t “they’ll be subpoenaed.”
“Am I concerned? No, I’m not concerned, because if they don’t they’ll be subpoenaed,” Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters.
Feinstein would need Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to support a subpoena. The two senators have said for weeks that they would be willing to subpoena Trump Jr. and Manafort if they declined to voluntarily testify before the panel.
On June 9, 2016, a meeting was held in Trump Tower in New York City between three senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump – Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort – and at least five other people, including Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The meeting was arranged by publicist Rob Goldstone on behalf of Emin Agalarov; The Trumps knew both Goldstone and the Agalarovs from the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow.
The meeting was disclosed to U.S. government officials when Jared Kushner filed a revised version of his security clearance form. Unlike Kushner, Trump Jr. and Manafort were not required to disclose foreign contacts because as they did not subsequently serve in the Trump administration they did not require security clearance.
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