Senate Judiciary Chairman Wants Trump Jr. to Testify

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is planning to ask Donald Trump testify before his committee.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday morning posted a series of emails between himself and Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who contacted Trump Jr. and told him about an opportunity to receive potentially damaging information about Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign.

The activity also began before Manafort started working with the Trump campaign, the spokesman said.

Paul Manafort already has volunteered to talk to congressional intelligence committees investigating whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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. He engaged with the Department of Justice's Foreign Agent Registration Act unit back in September, and sought their counsel about taking the appropriate steps to be registered.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley in Washington on September 20, 2016.

"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. said in one email response.

"This raises serious questions about whether the Obama administration authorized her to remain in the country, and if so, why?"

In an interview before departing Wednesday evening for France, Trump told Reuters that he didn't know about the meeting "until a couple of days ago when I heard about this".

But Trump also refused to dispute an assertion made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Trump believed him when he said that Russia hadn't meddle in the election during their lengthy meeting in Germany last week.

President Trump says the woman is a private lawyer who has "roamed the hallways" of the US Congress. He was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

President Trump said that "most people would have taken that meeting", contradicting his incoming Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony that Donald Trump Jr should have instead alerted authorities.

  • Rogelio Becker