WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday she believes Donald Trump Jr. will testify publicly before the panel soon.
“I believe Donald Trump Jr. will appear before the Judiciary Committee in a public hearing in the coming weeks,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “But it’s the chairman’s prerogative to set the date, and he’ll do so when he feels it’s appropriate. In the meantime, the committee continues to pursue its investigation.”
Despite Feinstein’s statement, it was still not clear Tuesday whether Chairman Chuck Grasley, R-Iowa, intends to call Trump Jr. to testify publicly.
The president’s eldest son was interviewed by committee staff behind closed doors for more than five hours Thursday.
Grassley told reporters he would consult with Feinstein after that closed-door session and decide whether to schedule a public hearing where senators could question Trump Jr. directly in open session. Only a few senators attended the closed-door session.
Feinstein has consistently said that she wants to interview Trump Jr. at a public hearing, but Grassley seemed to back away from that idea after initially supporting it. Reporters have been pressing both Feinstein and Grassley about their decision since Thursday, prompting Feinstein to release her statement Tuesday.
The committee is seeking answers about a June 9, 2016 meeting that Trump Jr. took at Trump Tower with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump…
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