President Trump on Thursday said he was "very surprised" to hear that the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed his son after special counsel Robert Mueller cleared Donald Jr.in his report.
Lawmakers on the Republican-led committee, which is among several congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, want to question Trump Jr. about his contacts with Moscow.
The president did not say whether his son should fight the subpoena but he did say that he had previously testified "for a massive amount of time". But Trump's advisers had not yet decided if he would publicly attack Burr, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.
When Trump Jr. testified before the panel in 2017, it was agreed that he would only have to appear once, as long as he stayed as long as necessary, which he did, a source told The Epoch Times. "There are a number of areas that need to be scrutinized by the Intelligence Committee".
The surprise subpoena was issued by a Republican-led committee, opening a new source of strain between the Congress and a White House battling the legislature's pressure on multiple points. Burr and the top Democrat on the committee, Virginia Sen. It's time to move on. "It's time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations", tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
McConnell said in his Tuesday speech that it was "case closed" on the Mueller probe, but his office noted that he didn't go so far as to say the intelligence panel's work was done. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal.
The immediate backlash from Republican lawmakers has fortified Trump Jr.'s allies, they say, and will continue to push for more of them to come out against the move. He also told the Senate that he didn't give participants any information beyond asking if they could attend the meeting.
The Trump administration is also refusing to turn over copies of the president's personal and business tax documents requested by House Democrats.