Trump 'very surprised' by son's subpoena in Russia probe

Richard Burr's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.by reiterating his earlier contention that "the case is closed". Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal.

I think the good news is Chairman Burr has already indicated that the committee will find no collusion, because that will be consistent with the Mueller investigation.

Dupree said the subpoena showed that there remain some Republicans who think it may not be "case closed" in regard to the Trump-Russia investigation. And the president repeatedly stressed Thursday that he was "surprised" by the demand, considering that his eldest son had testified for "hours and hours".

The immediate backlash from Republican lawmakers has fortified Trump Jr.'s allies, they say, and will continue to push for more of them to come out against the move.

Responding to the news, Trump Jr. "I understand the president's frustration here but I think this is just a blip". McConnell then stood up and defended him, saying he trusts Burr, according to the person.

Asked if Trump Jr. should fight the subpoena, the President wouldn't say: "Well, we'll see what happens".

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Republican committee member Marco Rubio, when asked about Trump Jr, said the panel was "leaving nothing unchecked" in its investigation. "I think that it is time to let it go and move on and try to deal with the people's business".

The 41-year-old Don Jr testified voluntarily in private once to the committee, and was peppered with questions about a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY that he and other senior Trump campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, appeared for a second closed-door session in late March. Burr and Warner have often won praise from the panel's members, and also from McConnell, throughout the probe.

It was not immediately clear when the panel issued the subpoena, which was first reported by Axios on Wednesday. The summons became public only a day after McConnell delivered a speech declaring "case closed" in regard to congressional investigations after the completion of the Mueller report. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who also sits on the committee.

Part of that job, Warner said, was to ensure that the elections were "protected in 2020" - the same cycle in which most of Burr's critics will be facing their next political test.

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