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Trump Jr agrees to testify in Senate in Russia probe: US media

AFP  |  Washington 

Donald Trump's son has agreed to testify before the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian election meddling, US media have reported.

The agreement resolved a looming fight between the and the after was subpoenaed by the Republican-led committee last week. According to reports, he had initially agreed to testify behind closed doors and then backed out for unclear reasons.

But Trump is battling any cooperation with in the meddling investigation, claiming that he has already been "totally exonerated" of collusion and obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller's report completed in late March.

The panel has interviewed once before, and is believed to be seeking clarification on his knowledge of contacts between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russians.

Some Democrats suspect he may have lied about what he and his father knew of a June 2016 meeting in with a Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, as well as other connections between the two sides.

Seeking to complete their own report on Russian election interference, Intelligence Committee risked the wrath of the and his by issuing a subpoena for Donald Jr.

Finally, according to multiple reports, agreed to testify in early or mid-June, behind closed doors and with limits on time and the questions he will answer.

Meanwhile congressional Democrats on Tuesday scheduled former to testify about events described in the special counsel's report, setting up another clash with Trump.

McGahn has not confirmed his attendance at the House Judiciary Committee's May 21 hearing, and Trump has indicated he will assert executive privilege to resist Democrats seeking materials or testimony related to Russian meddling and alleged collusion.

"I've had him testifying already for 30 hours," Trump told last week. "So I don't think I can let him and then tell everybody else you can't." The White House is seeking to shield a large swathe of material - including redacted portions of Mueller's report -- that was subpoenaed by lawmakers seeking to exert their oversight responsibility.

The report details how Trump's lawyers and advisors, including McGahn, repeatedly rebuffed the president's attempts to halt Mueller's investigation -- which some analysts say amounts to illegal obstruction by the president.

The House committee's chairman, Democrat Jerry Nadler, has said he wants Mueller himself to testify but no date has been sent.

Trump said this month that Mueller should not testify before Congress, but he reversed course last week, saying he would leave that decision up to

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 08:31 IST
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