Beltway Analysts Ponder, Why Subpoena Donald Trump Jr.?

Donald Trump Jr. speaks ahead of his father President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally Saturday

Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Thursday that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., should be imprisoned if he fails to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced on Wednesday that he has subpoenaed Donald Jr.to appear before the committee he chairs as part of its continuing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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

Burr declined to speak with reporters on Thursday as his Republican colleagues piled on him for not heeding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's calls to let the Russian Federation probe go.

Donald Jr. testified before the intelligence committee in 2017.

Committee aides would not confirm the subpoena or what they want to discuss with the president's eldest son, who now helps run the Trump Organization.

The sources said discussions have been under way for months between the panel and Mr Trump Jr regarding his possible testimony.

Donald Trump Jr. subpoenaed over Russian Federation testimony; reaction from Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Lara Trump.

It's the first known subpoena for a member of Trump's immediate family.

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The Senate intelligence committee has been investigating Russian election interference and Trump's ties to Russia for the last two years. He called Mueller's report "the Bible" and that "they say he did nothing wrong".

Republican committee member Marco Rubio, when asked about Mr Trump Jr, said the panel was "leaving nothing unchecked" in its investigation.

Burr wouldn't comment on the subpoena or the backlash Thursday.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Burr noted Mueller had access to Trump Jr.'s congressional testimony and did not opt to bring any charges after a two-year investigation.

I think the good news is Chairman Burr has already indicated that the committee will find no collusion, because that will be consistent with the Mueller investigation. "He said he was only peripherally aware of the negotiations in Moscow for Trump Tower there when apparently he was briefed extensively", Blumenthal said.

The Senate Intelligence's panel's final report could be delivered by August, and it needs to remain bipartisan, the senator said.

Should he refuse to appear and comply the Senate Intelligence Committee could vote to place him in contempt.

Warner made the comments at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

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