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New DC Flashpoint Centers on Trump Jr.

President's allies want GOP Sen. Richard Burr to drop his committee's subpoena
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2019 12:14 PM CDT
Donald Trump Jr. points to his phone during a rally for President Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, March 28, 2019.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – The newest point of friction in DC is the Senate Intelligence Committee's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. The panel is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and it wants the president's son to answer more questions. What sets this apart from the fights going on between the House and the Trump administration is that the decision to issue the subpoena came from a Republican—committee chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina. And that has set off what the Washington Post calls "an internal Republican firefight." Details:

  • The pushback: Republicans allied with Trump say the subpoena is misguided. “This would not go forward without Republican complicity,” says Sen. Rand Paul. “So I think it’s a mistake for Republicans to keep putting the Trump family through this, and I really think they ought to drop it.” A former "high-ranking" White House official tells Breitbart News that Burr "just started a civil war in the Republican Party with someone who has undoubtedly become one of the biggest superstars in the eyes of the base."
  • Trump Jr.'s move: The president's son likely will not comply with the subpoena, reports Reuters. A post at Axios also predicts he won't show up. What then? "Options include daring the committee to hold him in contempt, taking the Fifth in writing, or (most likely) a compromise like answering written questions."

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