Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Donald Trump Jr. should ignore 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 on Sunday. “‘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-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to answer more questions about his contacts with Russia. Trump Jr. is reportedly resisting the subpoena and may invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions.
The panel is seeking to question Trump Jr. about congressional testimony he gave in September 2017 about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow — testimony that was later contradicted by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
“Anything based on what Michael Cohen said is worthless testimony,” Graham said. “Michael Cohen is a worthless witness.”
President Trump told reporters he was “very surprised” that the Senate Intelligence Committee would issue a subpoena for his son, and questioned why the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would pursue the matter after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election concluded there was not enough evidence to charge the president or members of his campaign with conspiracy.
“I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago,” President Trump said. “I was very surprised.”
He added: “My son’s a very good person. Works very hard.”
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