Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. Disputes Two Key Claims Made by Mueller Witnesses

Donald Trump Jr. Disputes Two Key Claims Made by Mueller Witnesses

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, appeared for a closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday and then told reporters his responses were the same as during a 2017 appearance before the committee.

"It´s not an interference, they have information - I think I´d take it", Trump said. The specter of perjury implications complicated scheduling Trump Jr.'s testimony, even after the committee chairman, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, a Republican, indicated that he was not inclined to pursue any charges that Mueller - who had access to the committee's transcripts - had not. During an earlier 2017 interview on Capitol Hill, Trump said he had only been "peripherally aware" of the possible deal. Trump Jr. dismissed those concerns following Wednesday's interview, saying "there was nothing to change" from his previous testimony.

The Trump team had initially tried to cover up the meeting, providing conflicting stories about its goal and what happened.

Cohen is now serving a prison sentence for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, something Trump Jr. pointed out as he defended his prior testimony.

Responding to reports of the subpoena last month, President Donald Trump said he was "surprised" by the move.

President Donald Trump, shown with his son Donald Trump Jr. on January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in NY, 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.

Mueller's report did not find enough evidence of conspiracy between anyone in the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but lawmakers still have questions about the possible times Mueller found the president may have obstructed justice.

Among other things, queries could address Trump Jr.'s knowledge of negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow before the 2016 election.

Last week, Nadler had said that the White House had ordered Hicks and Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn, to not comply with his panel's subpoena for documents related to their time in the White House.

He had already been grilled for hours by USA lawmakers on issues that were also the focus of Mueller's 22-month investigation, which ended earlier this year.

At the time, Hicks' testimony appeared in question as well. "And I think the committee understands that".

There was no news on whether Donaldson - who along with McGahn were key witnesses for the Mueller investigation - would likewise agree to testify to Nadler's committee.

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