Senate deal lets Don Jr. and Manafort off from testifying in public

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Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee which will let them testify behind closed doors next week in connection with its probe into possible Trump administration ties to Russia.

A statement from the office of committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the deal means the panel will not need to subpoena Don Jr. and Manafort to appear before them.

“Both Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, through their attorneys, have agreed to negotiate to provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing,” the statement said. “Therefore, we will not issue subpoenas for them tonight requiring their presence at Wednesday’s [July 26] hearing but reserve the right to do so in the future.”

Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., tweeted on Friday, “The Judiciary Committee will talk to Trump Jr. & Manafort before they testify in public, but we will get answers.”

Both men have come under scrutiny after it was revealed that they attended a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney and at least five other people.

According to emails released by Don Jr., the prospect of receiving potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton was the reason for the meeting, but the topic of discussion soon turned to Russian adoptions when he realized that the Russian lawyer who called for the meeting didn’t really have anything to say about Clinton.

Meanwhile, Trump adviser Jared Kushner, who also attended that meeting, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, in connection with their Russia investigations.

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