Trump says Senate subpoena of Donald Jr. left him ‘very surprised’
The president questioned why the committee’s co-chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would pursue the matter after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian ,
Interference in the 2016 election concluded that there was not enough evidence to charge Trump or members of his campaign with conspiracy.
“I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago,” Trump said.
Donald Trump Jr. was a key witness in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russia’s interference. The panel is reportedly seeking to question Trump Jr.
Trump Jr. told the committee that he “was peripherally aware” of the Trump Tower Moscow project. But in public testimony to the House Oversight Committee, Cohen said he briefed Trump family members, including Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump, “approximately 10 times” about it.
The president painted Don Jr. as a political novice who backed into his role in the 2016 campaign.
“My son’s a very good person. Works very hard,” the president continued. “The last thing he needs is Washington, D.C. He would rather not ever be involved ,
I remember he said to me a long time ago when I was thinking about running, ’Dad, if I can help, let me know. It’s not my expertise, it’s not something I really like, but whatever I can do, you are my father.’”
The president on Thursday described it as “opposition research” that “99 percent” of those in the room had done.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” the report read.
House Democrats want Mueller to testify. Attorney General William Barr said that he would not object to letting Mueller,