As calls from Senate Democrats mounted for contempt proceedings to be initiated, Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, reached an agreement with the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday to comply with a congressional subpoena and provide additional testimony regarding key events in the Russian Federation investigation, according to several media reports.
Committee chair Richard Burr, the senior Republican senator from North Carolina, created tension with Trump's allies after issuing a subpoena for the president's son's testimony, reported The New York Times.
Trump, Jr., will now, sources familiar with the deal that Burr and Trump, Jr., cut early this week appear in early June sometime before the committee for between two and four hours-but no longer, terms that Burr originally opposed limiting. A source familiar with the discussions told Fox News the panel never would agree to limit topics.
The Republican-led panel plans to ask Trump Jr. about his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017, which contradicted remarks later given by the president's former attorney Michael Cohen.
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, into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose findings were released in part last month.
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The president's eldest son could also come for the questioning, but refuse to answer, pleading the Fifth Amendment's constitutional right against self-incrimination, Graham said the day before. John Cornyn of Texas, a GOP member of the panel, said he understood Trump Jr.'s frustration.
A Senate Intelligence Committee spokesperson declined to comment.
"Michael Cohen said he told [Trump Jr.] 10 times about the Moscow project". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sidestepped a question about whether he agreed with that characterization.
Trump himself weighed in earlier Tuesday as he departed the White House for Louisiana, saying that it was "very unfair" how his eldest child was being treated. "You have been there for hours and hours and hours, and nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation". "He's indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion, and we are hoping that we'll get a report on that stuff here".