WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is planning to ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify before his committee.
CNN reported Thursday that Grassley plans to make his request to the president’s eldest son via a letter.
“We’re sending a letter to request his presence. … I just think he would welcome the opportunity to say whatever he wants to say,” Grassley told senior congressional reporter Manu Raju.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s ranking member, reportedly intends to make the request as well.
Trump Jr. found himself engulfed in scandal after releasing emails this week in which he accepted a meeting with a Russian attorney whom publicist Rob Goldstone, an acquaintance of Trump Jr., said had information representing efforts from the Russian government to help elect the elder Trump.
After the New York Times initially reported the meeting, Trump Jr. said that he believed he would be given opposition research against Clinton and maintained that he did nothing wrong or out of the ordinary.
The White House says the president did not know of the meeting — which included his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and campaign chair Paul Manafort — at the time that it took place.
Trump Jr. told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he would be willing to testify under oath about the meeting, which he said yielded no useful information and instead focused on adoptions.
Multiple Congressional committees as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.