Panel, Trump Jr. agree to interview


Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for the panel's senators to interview him in mid-June, a congressional source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr issued a subpoena Thursday for the eldest Trump son to return to Capitol Hill to discuss his original testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

According to a new Politico report, aides on both sides of the aisle think a response to Trump Jr.'s defiance of the subpoena may end up before the whole Senate if he fails to comply.

CNN's Manu Raju reported that they agreed to limit his interview to between 2 and 4 hours, and to limit the scope to 5 or 6 topics.

CNN reported that Trump Jr. and Burr have been negotiating about his further testimony for the committee for months, but the legal team for the president's son has objected to the scope of the questioning, which encompasses various issues in connection with the Russian Federation investigation.

The development capped a contentious episode that began when the panel, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., subpoenaed the president's son over remarks he made while testifying before the committee in 2017.

But the Trump lawyers rejected the request in a letter responding to Schiff, accusing the committee of overreaching in its oversight request and raising attorney-client privilege concerns.

Trump Jr. first testified before the committee about such questions in December 2017.

"If I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer, I would tell him you don't need to go back into this environment anymore", Graham said.

The House Intelligence Committee is questioning Trump team lawyers on potential obstruction of the committee's investigation into Russian election interference, concerning edits to false testimony from Michael Cohen.

A committee spokesperson declined to comment. Republicans have already fiercely criticized Burr for pursuing the subpoena even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was released.

"It's really a tough situation because my son spent, I guess, over 20 hours testifying about something that Mueller said was 100 percent ok", he told reporters.

Trump Jr. had been concerned about an open-ended time and subject commitment, Fox News is told. "I don't know why".

Trump, Jr., is also, sources familiar with his thinking say, very pleased with the many Republicans party-wide who stood up for him during this process, and intends to help them in future political battles to come. "But it seems very unfair to me".