It's the first known subpoena of a member of President Donald Trump's immediate family, and a new sign that the Senate panel is continuing with its own Russian Federation investigation even after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the same subject.
Mulvaney added that he has no idea whether Trump knew his son was being subpoenaed, and that the president left for Florida for his Wednesday rally before the news broke.
The immediate backlash from Republican lawmakers has fortified Trump Jr.'s allies, they say, and will continue to push for more of them to come out against the move. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal. The source claimed that Trump Jr and Burr agreed at the time that it would be a "one and done testimony".
Under Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Senate Intelligence panel has been conducting the only bipartisan probe, and one that has lasted even longer than Mueller's.
Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump criticized lawmakers involved in issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr.
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Trump Jr. could also face questions about the Trump Tower Moscow project that Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen worked on in 2015 and 2016.
The committee is one of the few in the Senate that has been conducting serious investigations related to Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.
Mulvaney, in an interview with CBS News, downplayed the significance of the subpoena for the younger Trump since he does not work in the White House. What are the aspects of the house intelligence Committee Trump Jr. now more want to ask, is not yet known.
Cohen told Mueller's team that it appeared that father and son had previously discussed the subject.
Mueller declined to say one way or the other whether Trump should have been charged, citing long-standing Justice Department guidance that sitting presidents can not be indicted.
"Cohen also recalled briefing Donald Trump Jr.in the spring - a conversation that Cohen said was not "idle chit chat" because Trump Tower Moscow was potentially a $1 billion deal", the report says.