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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the administrator of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Donald Trump Jr. ought to disregard the subpoena issued to him by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell him, ‘You don’t need to go back into this environment anymore,’” Graham said in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “‘You’ve been there for hours and hours and nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation.’ I would call it a day.”
Last week, the Republican-driven Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Trump Jr., the president’s oldest child, to address more inquiries concerning his contacts with Russia. Trump Jr. is supposedly opposing the subpoena and may summon his Fifth Amendment right to deny responding to questions.
The board is trying to address Trump Jr. about congressional declaration he gave in September 2017 about an arrangement to build a Trump Tower in Moscow — declaration that was later repudiated by previous Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
“Anything based on what Michael Cohen said is worthless testimony,” Graham said. “Michael Cohen is a worthless witness.”
President Trump told correspondents he was “shocked” that the Senate Intelligence Committee would issue a subpoena for his child, and addressed why the board of trustees’ co-administrator, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would seek after the issue after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian obstruction in the 2016 election concluded that there was insufficient proof to charge Trump or individuals from his camp with any crime.
“I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago,” President Trump declared. “I was very surprised.”