Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has been getting criticism for his committee's subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. "I was very surprised to see my son-my son is a good person, he works hard". "I think this is going to have a happy ending ..."
"[Donald Trump Jr.] has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. It's time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations", he wrote on Twitter.
Multiple Republicans had coalesced around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's talking point of "case closed" in recent days, but now Democrats can argue that even members of the President's own party don't agree that all Russian Federation inquiries should end immediately.
"I've said repeatedly that his answers, to questions, and I watched him, were smart-alecky, untruthful, and misleading", Blumenthal said to the media about Trump Jr.'s first testimony to Congress in 2017.
Burr repeatedly declined to speak with reporters Thursday.
The subpoena appeared to catch the president and many of his allies by surprise.
Trump defended his son, saying that he was a "good person" and "totally exonerated" by special counsel Robert Mueller. "Mr. Burr is not running for re-election, and appears to have the backbone to do what's right on behalf of the American people".
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"I think we have an important job to do to try to keep the intelligence committee out of politics", he added.
Asked to clarify, Cornyn said he was not accusing Burr of playing politics.
Other Republicans joined in. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote on Twitter. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted on Thursday. It's time to move on. It's time to move on. And while the issue of criminal conduct under the "collusion" rubric is closed (or should be), Burr's broader investigation into Russian interference isn't.
And though many Trump-aligned Republicans are criticizing the committee - and in some cases Burr himself - it's not a unanimous view. "Because Burr was assigned the lead role on all of this Russian Federation collusion stuff by the leader", said Sen. Burr and Warner have often won praise from the panel's members, and also from McConnell, throughout the probe. McConnell's speech noted the importance of the committee's "upcoming report".
Swan, Treene and Nather claim that between the lines: Mueller, whose investigation did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and did not indict Trump Jr., despite speculation that he would.
Burr's committee had renewed interest in talking to Trump Jr. after Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified earlier this year. The report notes that Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, that he did not inform his father about the emails or the upcoming meeting. "He did that. We're not sure why we're fighting with Republicans", a source close to Trump Jr. told Axios.