Grassley: Senate panel wants Paul Manafort to testify next week

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN Thursday that he plans to send a letter to Donald Trump Jr today asking him to testify before the committee.

Grassley asks in his letter how Veselnitskaya and her colleagues were allowed to say almost six months after the expiration of her visa.

But ahead of that testimony-and with unanswered questions mounting around him-opposition Democrats are demanding action now.

President Donald Trump initially stated he was not aware of the meeting his son held in June 2016 with a Russian attorney.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, has called for Trump Jr.to testify as early as next week.

Grassley said the committee would call Manafort to testify to learn why he didn't file as a foreign agent before becoming involved in the USA presidential campaign.

"Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch", Trump said at a press conference in Paris.

Kushner was in charge of the Trump campaign's digital operations.

Trump Jr. this week released an e-mail exchange which preceded the meeting. He was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia. But Trump hasn't said much of anything about Kushner this week, even as he's defended his son, Donald Trump, Jr., who invited Kushner to the rendezvous with Veselnitskaya.

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According to The Washington Post, Kushner-at a December 2016 meeting with Kislyak-raised the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications link between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

The president's son tweeted the email chain earlier this week, presumably to get out in front of a report that was going to reveal the information.

"It's a demanding job that requires a keen understanding of the law, sound management skills, calm under significant pressure and a level head", Grassley said.

The June 2016 meeting, first reported by the New York Times, burst into public view after Kushner recently revised for the third time his application for a government security clearance. "And that would be a wonderful thing", Trump added. But he added of Putin: "Somebody did say if he did do it you wouldn't have found out about it".

Joint press conferences that USA presidents hold with foreign leaders traditionally include two questions from journalists of the host nation (in this case, France) and two questions from journalists of the visiting nation (in this case, the United States).

"It's really the one question I wish I would have asked Putin: Were you actually supporting me?"

In a recent interview, Veselnitskaya denied having discussed Hillary-related issues with Trump Jr. during the meeting.

Sekulow said the president was not being investigated by Mueller. "I'm one of the lawyers", Sekulow told ABC's "Good Morning America".

"That was as far as my meeting with the prosecutors went".

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