Blumenthal: If Don Jr. Refuses Subpoena, Lock Him UP

In a news conference May 9, Trump called his son a "very good person", adding that the "last thing he needs is Washington, D.C".

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the panel, said he thinks the criticism of Burr is "a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Senate intelligence committee is about", which is congressional oversight and not prosecution. "This smacks of politics and I think we have an important job to do to try to keep the intelligence committee out of politics", Cornyn said.

Still, the conservative resistance against Burr's subpoena continued to intensify Thursday.

Warner said his panel knew about "90 to 95 percent" of the Russian contacts mentioned in Mueller's report, and in other areas the committee had "much more extensive" information.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of Burr's committee who is also up for reelection in 2020, said Thursday morning that he was not aware in advance that a subpoena had been issued for Trump Jr. but said, "At some point, this is not about finding facts".

Other Republicans joined in.

It's the first known subpoena for a member of Trump's immediate family.

Lawmakers on the Republican-led committee, which is among several congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, want to question Trump Jr. about his contacts with Moscow. He says he was talking about his own committee's investigation. The subpoena puts Burr at odds with some of his Republican colleagues who want to move on from the special counsel's report.

Dupree said the subpoena showed that there remain some Republicans who think it may not be "case closed" in regard to the Trump-Russia investigation.

For now, Trump Jr. feels emboldened by this fight, people close to him say.

The 41-year-old Don Jr testified voluntarily in private once to the committee, and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other senior Trump campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Mark Warner, have worked closely together on the probe and have often won praise from the panel's membership, and also from McConnell, throughout. The summons became public only a day after McConnell delivered a speech declaring "case closed" in regard to congressional investigations after the completion of the Mueller report.

But the panel eventually lost its patience with Trump Jr., issuing the subpoena more than a week ago.


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