McConnell sidesteps question about Trump Jr. subpoena

McConnell sidesteps question about Trump Jr. subpoena

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to say whether he agrees with President Donald Trump’s assertion that it was “very unfair” for the Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., to appear for a second interview.

“As I said, I gave the responsibility of this investigation to Chairman [Richard] Burr two years ago. He (Burr) has indicated publicly that they will find no collusion and we anticipate getting that report sometime soon,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump spoke with reporters gathered on the White House South Lawn. The president referenced his son’s nearly 20-hour closed-door interview with the committee that took place in 2017.

“And now they want him (Trump Jr.) to testify again. I don’t know why. I have no idea why. But it seems very unfair to me.”

Last week, Burr, a North Carolina Republican, issued a subpoena for Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview. The subpoena reportedly was issued because Trump Jr. refused to attend two previously scheduled hearings.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is believed to be the impetus for the subpoena.

The report is believed to have renewed the committee’s interest in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting attended by Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a Kremlin-connected Russian attorney who allegedly offered to provide damaging information about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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