Donald Trump Jr. Will Be Subpoenaed First in House Democrats’ Russia Probe
Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Jackie Speier, revealed that the first subpoena in the committee’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collaboration with Russian operatives during the 2016 election would be served to Donald Trump Jr.
The California representative was fielding questions after speaking to the Woman’s National Democratic Club on Tuesday night, the Washington Examiner reported. She was asked who the House Intelligence panel would subpoena first once it reopened its investigation. Speier replied, “Donald Trump Jr.”
Democrats have vowed to reopen an investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian players after they were left dissatisfied with the investigation chaired by Devin Nunes.
“There are a number of persons that testified before the committee that I feel were not telling the truth,” Speier said.
House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff has already expressed interest in investigating the circumstances surrounding a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer with links to the Russian government, including the identity of a blocked call that Don Jr. made in the run-up to the meeting.
Speier criticized the previous GOP report on the matter, lamenting that “documents were never subpoenaed by the Republicans and so they were able to just produce a whitewashed report that was probably written by someone on the presidential staff.”
Trump has maintained that his campaign did not collude with the Russian government to uncover dirt on his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. has also denied any wrongdoing.
However, Speier recounted how after leaving a closed-door hearing in which the Trump campaign’s Russia links were discussed, a staffer approached her and told her, “they’re all lying.”
Speaking on Tuesday night, Speier expressed her faith in Robert Mueller’s investigation. She predicted, “I think in short order we’re going to see all of the dots connected in a way that shows there were people that were treasonous, there were people that were clearly conspiring to affect the election with the Russians, and it will go down in history as one of the real black eyes in our country.”