House Democrats probing allegations that the Trump presidential campaign worked with Russian operatives to win the 2016 election plan to issue their first subpoena to Donald Trump Jr., according to a top lawmaker.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a key member of the House Intelligence Committee, asked Tuesday night about whom would be served first by the panel as it reopens the investigation, said, “Donald Trump Jr.”
Democrats on the panel, headed by Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have long questioned a report written by the previous GOP majority on the affair and believe that those who testified in private, including the president’s son, were not forthcoming.
“There are a number of persons that testified before the committee that I feel were not telling the truth,” said Speier, addressing the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington.
Trump critics and special counsel Robert Mueller have focused on a 2016 meeting in New York’s Trump Tower, the president’s campaign and business headquarters, between Donald Trump Jr. and others including a Russian linked lawyer.
In a Senate meeting, Trump said that the gathering was innocent and rejected charges of colluding with Russians to undermine Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign.
A House report on the affair also cleared Donald Trump Jr., who has steadfastly denied any charges of collusion with Russians.
But House Democrats want to go over that territory again. House Judiciary Committee Democrats also plan to play a role.
The lawmaker called the GOP report a whitewash and said the panel will subpoena key documents. “Those documents were never subpoenaed by the Republicans and so they were able to just produce a whitewashed report that probably was written by someone on the presidential staff. I think it was truly a disturbing series of events over the last two years,” she said.
Speier, who was promoting her life story in Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back , said when she left one closed-door hearing on the affair a staffer told her, “They’re all lying.”
The San Francisco Democrat also said that she believes the Mueller team will soon show their hand.
“I think in short order we’re going to see all of the dots connected in a way that shows that there were people that were treasonous, there were people that were clearly conspiring to affect the election with the Russians, and it will go down in history as one of the real black eyes in our country,” she said.