Trump Jr. is expected to speak privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee...

Trump Jr. is expected to speak privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee today

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President Donald Trump, shown with his son Donald Trump Jr. on Jan. 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York, says he had no knowledge of his son meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 until "the last couple of days," the White House said July 10, 2017. (Luke Vargas/TMN)

UPDATED: 12:45 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is expected to give closed-door testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this morning, according to multiple media reports.

Last month the committee issued a subpoena for Trump Jr. to appear. The subpoena was issued because he refused to attend two previously scheduled hearings.

Trump Jr. met with the committee in 2017 for a nearly 20-hour closed-door interview.

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 request for a second interview.

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 Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected Russian attorney who allegedly offered to provide damaging information about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Manafort, a one-time chair of the president’s campaign, is serving 7-1/2 years in prison. Manafort was convicted of several charges related to Mueller’s probe including conspiring to hide millions of dollars he earned lobbying in Ukraine, conspiring to tamper with witnesses, tax fraud and bank fraud. Kushner is married to Trump Jr.’s sister, Ivanka, and is a senior aide in the White House.

Mueller said in his report that he did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether President Trump had committed obstruction.
Following Wednesday’s follow-up interview, reporters asked Trump Jr. if he had changed his testimony.
“The reality is there was nothing to change…I don’t think I changed anything of what I said because there was nothing to change. I’m glad that this is finally over. We’re able to put some final clarity on that.”
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