RUSSIA PROBE: Donald Trump Jr. questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee staff

Donald Trump Jr. climbed the hill Thursday morning to endure what is expected to be hours of questioning from Senate Judiciary staff regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Following reports about an undisclosed June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr., former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and White House executive Jared Kushner with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr. was soon subpoenaed by Senate Judiciary head Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and fell into the purview of special counsel Robert Mueller.

“In late July, Donald Trump Jr. agreed to provide the Judiciary Committee with documents and a transcribed interview prior to a public hearing. Shortly thereafter, a date for that interview was set and agreed to by both the committee and Trump Jr. This meeting will be conducted under the same terms as previously announced,” committee chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.

The Senate committee has also been intent on getting to the bottom of the dossier compiled by the FBI, which serves as the originating evidence for the Russia probe. Serious doubt has been expressed by conservatives on both the Senate and House intelligence panels about the trustworthiness of the source used in some of the most damning evidence within the dossier.

Furthermore, the congressional bodies believe special counsel Robert Mueller may have used the documents, unverified and possibly from paid informants, as evidence to obtain a search warrant for the Russia probe.

“I want to know the extent to which it was relied upon, if at all, by any of our intelligence agencies or federal law enforcement agencies,” Gowdy said, “and to the extent it was relied upon, how did they vet, or either corroborate or contradict, the information in it?”

On Aug. 22, the Senate committee interviewed behind closed doors the head of the firm that compiled the dossier, co-founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.

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