GOP in an Uproar as Donald Trump Jr. is Issued a Subpoena
The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena for Donald Trump Jr. regarding the contents of the Mueller Report and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Intelligence Committee is remarkably more bipartisan in its workings than the House Intelligence Committee, and therefore it is more feasible that this body would ask the president’s son to appear.
There are Republicans in Congress who take issue with the subpoena. One such person is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Rep. McCarthy appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation and said:
“Donald Trump Jr. has spent 27 hours already testifying. They’re requesting him back based upon something that [former Trump fixer Michael] Cohen has said, when he is in jail for lying to Congress.”
While McCarthy may have a point, it is also true that Michael Cohen was well aware that if he continued to lie to Congress his deal would be rendered null and void. He would then face a much tougher jail sentence. That is likely something that he was unwilling to risk.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He seems committed to fulfilling his Congressional duty to be a check on the Executive Branch. Therefore, he has no issue being a check on a president from his own party.
Burr’s reasoning for the subpoena is reportedly the fact that there are inconsistencies between Trump Jr’s earlier testimony and the Mueller report.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. It will also be interesting to see if the White House fights this subpoena.
Listen below to a conversation on NPR between reporter Steve Inskeep and former Rep. Mike Rogers on the matter: