U.S. Senate intelligence panel to interview Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday -sourceReuters | Washington DC | Updated: 12-06-2019 01:06 IST | Created: 12-06-2019 00:14 IST
Senators have also wanted to question Trump Jr. about his September 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. During that appearance, a congressional source said, Trump Jr. was asked about his involvement in a plan for a Moscow Trump Tower. Trump Jr. told the Judiciary Committee that he was only "peripherally aware" of the plan, according to an official transcript. His testimony was later contradicted by testimony from Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer. Cohen last month began serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty in two federal criminal cases.
Cohen also told Congress that some reimbursement checks issued to him for hush-money payments to an adult film star who said she had an affair with Trump were signed by Trump Jr., as well as the Trump Organization's chief financial officer. The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republican Richard Burr, is the only congressional panel doing a genuinely bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in U.S. politics and the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in particular. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; writing by Makini Brice; editing by Grant McCooland Leslie Adler)