Blumenthal: If Don Jr. Refuses Subpoena, Lock Him UP

Sen. Burr takes GOP fire over Trump Jr subpoena

The report notes that Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, that he did not inform his father about the emails or the upcoming meeting.

Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen.

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. I think the case is closed.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the panel, said he thinks the criticism of Burr is "a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Senate intelligence committee is about", which is congressional oversight and not prosecution. And some GOP senators on the powerful but secretive committee made a point to stress publicly that their probe was separate from Mueller's, despite attempts by others to link the two. "There are a number of areas that need to be scrutinized by the Intelligence Committee". "Ours is an intelligence investigation about the Russian Federation threat and about the way our agencies performed".

Other Republicans joined in.

"I'm not going to comment on what actions are being taken", said Sen. I think the controversy has been concluded.

Still, the conservative resistance against Burr's subpoena continued to intensify Thursday.

"My son's a very good person, he works very hard", Trump said, adding that Trump Jr. offered his assistance during his 2016 campaign.

The president said part of his surprise stemmed from seeing Republican Senator and intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr tell United States media that there was no evidence of collusion between Russian operatives and Trump or his campaign to influence the 2016 election.

The committee has been investigating Russian election interference and Trump's ties to Russia for the last two years and has renewed interest in talking to Donald Trump Jr. after the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that Trump Jr. likely knew more about a Trump Tower Moscow project than he suggested.

The suggestion that Burr, a third-term senator not running for reelection, is failing to properly lead the committee escalates Republican complaints from the White House down who insist that Mueller's report closed the book on any question of whether Trump conspired with the Russians to meddle in the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice. "I stand by my comment". Trump Jr., the president said, had already testified for a "massive" amount of time.

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Asked to clarify, Cornyn said he was not accusing Burr of playing politics. "It's just insane. Mueller spent two years and $25 million, and to me, he's the final word". Richard Burr for his committee's subpoena of President Donald Trump's son, a move that suggests the Russian Federation investigation is not "case closed", as some in the GOP insist.

"That's my message to the public", McConnell said. The spokesman, David Popp, also declined to say whether McConnell would put a contempt resolution on the Senate floor if Trump Jr. defied the demand, calling that scenario hypothetical. "I think this is going to have a happy ending ... I think he'd rather not ever be involved", Trump said.

But Senator John Cornyn sounded unenthusiastic about hauling Trump Jr in for more questioning.

Trump last week said that it was Barr's call, but later declared on Twitter that Mueller should not testify. "I think that it is time to let it go and move on and try to deal with the people's business".

Trump Jr. had appeared before the panel previously to answer questions from committee staff, according to congressional sources.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, appeared for a second closed-door session in late March.

It was not immediately clear when the panel issued the subpoena, which was first reported by Axios on Wednesday. Burr and Warner have often won praise from the panel's members, and also from McConnell, throughout the probe.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee's vice chairman, also expressed confidence Thursday that Burr would hold the line against fresh attacks from within his own party.

"Hopefully Don Jr. and his lawyers will believe it's important", said Sen. "We're going to do our job".

This article was written by Seung Min Kim and Karoun Demirjian, reporters for The Washington Post.

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