Sen. Burr Takes GOP Fire Over Trump Jr Subpoena

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Finally, there was the president himself, who stated he was "very surprised" to learn of the subpoena.

The reported subpoena prompted sharp rebukes from some of Trump's staunchest defenders within the party as Republicans sought to move on from a two-year investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose findings were released in part last month.

Hours earlier, Trump made clear he would assert his executive privilege to keep Mueller's full report under wraps.

Trump Jr, 41, has testified voluntarily in private once to the committee and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer who had offered them dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I think that it's over", the Kentucky senator said, after discussing the depth of Mueller's investigation into the matter. The committee has been investigating Russian election interference and Trump's ties to Russia for the last two years and has renewed interest in talking to Donald Trump Jr. after the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that Trump Jr. likely knew more about a Trump Tower Moscow project than he suggested.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., who leads the panel with Republican Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Mr Burr has not spoken publicly about the latest subpoena, or whether Trump Jr might invoke his constitutional right to not testify.

What's more, while McConnell did speak somewhat kindly of Burr, this was not a full-throated defense of the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman.

"[Donald Trump Jr.] has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of congressional committees".

Asked about the subpoena during a press conference on May 9, the day after it was issued, Trump said, "I was very surprised".

"Endless investigations_by either party_won't change the fact that there was NO collusion". The subpoena was issued now because Senators want to question him themselves, they said. "It's time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations", tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., served up a none-too-subtle Twitter slam targeting Sen.

Cornyn, a member of the intelligence panel, said he was going to talk to Burr and other committee members about "what we need to do to wrap up" the probe.

Trump Jr. had appeared before the panel previously to answer questions from committee staff, according to congressional sources.

Republican committee member Marco Rubio, when asked about Mr Trump Jr, said the panel was "leaving nothing unchecked" in its investigation.

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