New Britain's Manafort Called To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Kristopher Drake
July 14, 2017

The chairman noted that the committee is holding hearings next week on the Federal Agent Registration Act, which requires Americans to register to work as lobbyists of foreign governments.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun interviewing White House and Trump campaign staffers for its Russia investigation but it is already expanding its roster of interviewees amid revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met during the campaign with a Russian lawyer purporting to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

The United States Senate Judiciary committee wrote a letter to Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday, asking him to testify before the committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley told CNN on Thursday.

But those close to Manafort maintain he's done nothing wrong - in fact, they think Manafort's involvement in this whole thing is completely unlike that of Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, who was also at the meeting.

Grassley said there has been no response to that letter and he was unable to comment on the outcome of the discussion with the lawyer for Trump Jr.

Manafort, who resigned as Trump's campaign manager in August 2016 after about five months on the job, is under investigation by the FBI for business dealings and lobbying efforts associated with Ukrainian political campaigns.

The lawmakers spoke one day after Donald Trump Jr. posted on Twitter a series of emails that revealed his eagerness to hear negative material on Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the committee, said it was "long overdue" that Manafort be called to testify.

Multiple Congressional committees as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

"It is unclear how she was still in the country for that meeting despite being denied a visa beforehand and her parole purportedly expiring on January 7, 2016. I am not going to tell you now".

Trump Jr. and Goldstone eventually set June 9 as the date for the meeting.

"There's probably more questions about this that these e-mails will raise and we look forward to having a chance to speak with Mr. Trump Jr. about this", said Republican Representative Chris Stewart, who serves on the committee.

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