Congress may subpoena Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort if they don't show up to testify

On Wednesday, it was reported that both Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort would have to testify regarding their meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in a public setting. They are scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, July 26. President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner will also be testifying that week, but his remarks will not be made public. If the first two choose not to cooperate or don't show up, however, Congress may subpoena them.

Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell explained his client "has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress." His interview will take place on Monday, July 24th, and "[h]e will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest." As for Don Jr. and Manafort, however, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) suggests they'll be subpoenaed if they don't agree to testify in public. "Am I concerned?" she told reported. "No, I'm not concerned because if they don't, they'll be subpoenaed."

The Senate already proved this summer they have zero problem with blanketing Capitol Hill in subpoenas if it gets the job done. Not only that, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into President Trump's business transactions, which may include Kushner, Don Jr. and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

(Via CNN and MSNBC)

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