Senate Panel Interviews Trump Jr. for 9 Hours
Democrats want him back for a public hearing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 14, 2017 12:24 AM CST
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives to testify before a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump Jr. has finished a nine-hour interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, concluding his third interview on Capitol Hill as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the AP reports. Trump Jr.'s closed-door meeting with Senate staff came a week after he spoke to lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed him in September. All three panels are investigating the meddling and whether President Trump's campaign was involved. Investigators have been looking into a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer that Trump Jr. and other campaign officials attended.

The top Democrat on the Senate panel, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, has said he wants Trump Jr. to return for a public hearing. House Republicans, meanwhile, are ratcheting up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a House Judiciary hearing comes after the release of anti-Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials at one point assigned to the Russia probe. Rosenstein was asked by lawmakers if he had seen good cause to fire Mueller, whom he appointed and whose work he oversees. Rosenstein replied that he had not.


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