Donald Trump Jr. is once again the center of media attention. Even though the Mueller investigation is over (no collusion!), he has been subpoenaed to appear before the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to deliver yet more testimony.
Trump Jr. was spotted in Manhattan on Thursday as he arrived at his New York City home with Secret Service agents in tow, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
Spotted in New York City
Two Secret Service SUVs followed Trump Jr.’s vehicle, and the lead agent of the president’s son’s protective detail was spotted following close behind his charge as they entered the building.
As President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Trump Jr. has faced threats to his life, liberty, and well-being — so it’s no real surprise that he has protection from a U.S. Secret Service detail.
Trump Jr. faces subpoena
The decision by Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) to subpoena Trump Jr. was unexpected and reportedly left President Trump feeling “very surprised” that Congress seems incapable of letting go of the Trump/Russia collusion narrative.
“Frankly for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting, yeah I’m surprised,” the president told reporters on Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), however, encouraged the president “not to worry,” saying on Friday, “I know the president’s upset about that, but I think he ought not to worry about it. The chairman of the Intelligence Committee has already said the committee, when it reports, will find no collusion.”
The committee reportedly issued the subpoena due to lingering questions some members had about a proposed deal to build a Trump Tower building in Moscow, even though the project never advanced beyond the mere idea stage. Some Democratic members even threatened to arrest and jail Trump Jr. if he failed to comply with the subpoena.
Trump Jr. already testified for several hours before the committee about the Trump Tower Moscow project in 2017. He told the senators that he had only been “peripherally aware” of the back-and-forth negotiations that went on for several years — negotiations that were spearheaded by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
An unnamed source alleged to be close to Trump Jr. told the Daily Mail, “Don is a private citizen, who has already been cleared by Mueller after a two-year investigation. He has done 8-9 hours of testimony in front of Senate Intel already and 27 hours of testimony in front of various committees in total.”
“When he originally agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intel Committee in 2017, there was an agreement between Don and the Committee that he would only have to come in and testify a single time as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they’d like, which Don did,” the source said.
The source added that Trump Jr. has continued to cooperate with the committee’s requests for documents, but suggested that it was unlikely that Trump Jr.’s lawyers would allow him to “participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican’ Senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee.”
It will be up to Trump Jr.’s attorneys to determine whether to fight the subpoena or not.