A top Senate Republican has said that Donald Trump Jr. will have to publicly testify in the congressional investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election. President Donald Trump's eldest son became embroiled in the probe after it was disclosed that he met with a lawyer connected to the Russian government in June 2016.
On Oct. 5, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, disclosed that it was likely his committee would call on Trump Jr. to testify in a public hearing.
"Obviously, Feinstein wants to do it, and I think there's no way of avoiding it," Grassley told CNN.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been adamant that Trump Jr. would have to publicly testify before Congress.
"Come hell or high water," Feinstein said on Sept. 19.
There are several congressional investigations into the Russian government's meddling during the 2016 campaign and whether Trump campaign associations colluded with those efforts.
In June 2016, Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several of her associates at Trump Tower on the promise that she would provide damaging information about then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, The New York Times reports.
Rob Goldstone, an entertainment publicist who helped arrange the meeting, indicated in an email to Trump Jr. that Veselnitskaya was working on behalf of the Russian government.
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone wrote.
"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," Trump Jr. replied via email.
Trump Jr. publicly released his email communications with Goldstone after they were obtained by the Times.
Trump Jr. has maintained that Veselnitskaya never provided him with any useful information. On Sept. 7, he was privately interviewed by Senate Judiciary Committee staff about the meeting.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, GOP Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, has pledged that his committee would thoroughly probe Trump Jr.'s meeting with Veselnitskaya.
"Before this over, we will know everything about the Don Jr. meeting," Burr said. "We haven't interviewed everybody yet ... There are still some individuals who might have participated in that meeting that we have yet to get in."
Burr added that Trump Jr. had fully cooperated with the investigation so far.
"If he hadn't been cooperative, we would've subpoenaed him," Burr said.