Lawmakers intend to question Trump campaign chairman

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Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he may subpoena the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's campaign committee to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee what he knows about a meeting previous year between Trump's son and a Russian lawyer said to be offering "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Senator Chuck Grassley told CNN that committee heads are writing a letter to Mr Trump Jr, asking him to testify as early as next week.

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

Manafort discovered a meeting of the Senate and the House intelligence committee, which looked at possible coordination between the Russian and the Trump campaign, for example, Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was named Special Advisor to the Department of Justice.

Just weeks ago, Manafort retroactively registered with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent after being paid more than $17 million overseas.

Trump Jr.'s meeting with Veselnitskaya, which occurred on June 9, 2016, has led to accusations from Trump critics that the campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that she wants Trump Jr. and others to testify before her panel in an open setting.




His panel is investigating Russian meddling in the USA election.

The legislators spoke the next day after Trump Jr. released some emails that showed his willingness to listen to the damaging materials about Clinton y the Russian lawyer.

"It was in the previous administration [and] if there had been enforcement of the immigration laws, she wouldn't have been in the country", said Grassley.

"In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently", Trump Jr. said.

Grassley's letter notes that Veselnitskaya's alleged role in efforts to undermine American sanctions as part of her lobbying against the Magnitsky Act was cited in a complaint that she was one of a number of Russian agents who failed to register as such under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

While Grassley spoke with reporters Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee Christopher Wray was in session.

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