Trump Jr grilled by United States senators, says unconcerned about perjury

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman. Sen. Richard Burr R-N.C. right joined by Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner D-Va. left at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman. Sen. Richard Burr R-N.C. right joined by Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner D-Va. left at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

I'm glad this is finally over and we're able to put final clarity on that.

The president's son has agreed to answer questions on six topics, including the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in a closed-door hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill.

One of the major issues that senators want to discuss with Trump Jr.is testimony he gave about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before the presidential election.

"If it's what you say, I love it", Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information in a meeting. Emails leading up to the meeting promised dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent.

Some Republicans even said Trump Jr. should not comply with the subpoena, which is believed to be the first subpoena targeting a member of the president's family.

His appearance unleashed a frenzy, as the president and his congressional allies targeted Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a member of their own party, over his decision to subpoena Don Jr. and urged the president's son to either ignore the subpoena or invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions from the panel.

His testimony was later contradicted by testimony from Michael Cohen, the President's former personal lawyer. But Trump Jr. told the Judiciary panel he was only "peripherally aware" of the real estate proposal.

Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence for various offenses, including lying to Congress.

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The report did not find any clear evidence to charge members of Trump's campaign with conspiring with Russian Federation, but neither did it exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.

Many of those criticizing Burr included his own Senate Republican colleagues, some of whom accused the North Carolina Republican of helping the Democrats by continuing the panel's investigation even after Mueller had wrapped up his probe, which concluded there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Mr. Trump told reporters last month he was "surprised" to learn his son had been subpoenaed. I have no idea why.

"If there needed to be clarification because Michael Cohen, who, let's not forget, is in prison for lying to these very investigative bodies, I'm happy to do that", he told reporters.

Burr's home state colleague, Sen.

Still, McConnell made it clear that he is eager to be finished with the probe, which began in early 2017.

Democrats in the House and Senate continue to seek testimony and information as they press the president with multiple investigations, mostly related to Russian Federation meddling, obstruction and the 2106 election.

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