- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Senate investigators have issued a subpoena for President Trump’s eldest son, according to multiple news outlets.

The intelligence committee has ordered Donald Trump Jr. to testify on matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Reuters news agency first reported.

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The Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal later reported similarly.

The move by the Republican-led panel, the first subpoena issued against a member of the Trump family, reportedly concerns answers the younger Mr. Trump gave congressional investigators about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer.

The Wall Street Journal cited “people with knowledge of the matter,” though the panel issued a statement deflecting the question.

“We do not discuss the details of witness engagements with the Committee. Throughout the investigation, the Committee has reserved the right to recall witnesses for additional testimony as needed, as every witness and witness counsel has been made aware,” a spokesman told reporters.

Citing “two of the people familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported that the committee had asked Mr. Trump to answer more questions voluntarily and in person before issuing the subpoena.

But he refused, agreeing only to respond to written questions.

According to a person close to the younger Mr. Trump, the presidential son will fight the subpoena.

“When he originally agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intel Committee in 2017, there was an agreement between Don and the Committee that he would only have to come in and testify a single time as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they’d like, which Don did,” that person told the Journal.

The person went on to imply that Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican and the panel chairman, was a lapdog for the committees Democratic minority led by Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat.

“Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to allow their client to participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican’ Senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee,” the person said.

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