New Britain's Manafort Called To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

New Britain's Manafort Called To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he's sending a letter to Donald Trump Jr.to ask him to testify.

"My motive for bringing him to the committee is because of other involvements with whether or not the Foreign Agent Registration Act has been adequately enforced by this administration and by the Obama administration because I think it's been lackadaisical enforcement and he would be an example of that lackadaisical enforcement", Grassley said, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

Grassley suggested Trump's son would 'welcome the opportunity, ' as the president's namesake was dragged into the Russia scandal this week, as he revealed emails in which an intermediary told him the Russians wanted to give the Trump campaign dirt on the president's political rival, Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the committee, said it was "long overdue" that Manafort be called to testify.

President Donald Trump is addressing the controversy over his eldest son's meeting with a Russian attorney during last year's presidential campaign.

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Trump Jr.'s meeting with Veselnitskaya, which occurred on June 9, 2016, has led to accusations from Trump critics that the campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government. Congressional committees are investigating, as is Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The chairman said that he will subpoena the president's son if necessary.

A lawyer for Donald Trump Jr. did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on whether his client would agree to appear before the committee.

On Sunday, Trump Jr. issued a statement, in which he said it had become clear during the meeting that Veselnitskaya had no meaningful information on the Democratic National Committee's links with Russia-connected individuals.

His panel is investigating Russian meddling in the US election. Trump Jr. said the meeting "really went nowhere" and that he never told his father about it because there was "nothing to tell".

In response to calls for him to testify before the intelligence panel, Trump Jr. tweeted Monday that he was "happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know".

"It is unclear how she was still in the country for that meeting, despite being denied a visa beforehand and her parole purportedly expiring on January 7, 2016", Grassley wrote, according to a statement and copy of the letter released Wednesday.

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