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Grassley may subpoena former Trump campaign chairman

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Ellis Copeland | 14 July, 2017, 00:22

New Britain native and former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been asked to testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of its wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Senator Chuck Grassley said he would subpoena the president's eldest son if necessary.

The move comes after Trump Jr. not only admitted he met with a Russian government attorney in an attempt to obtain damaging information on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but on Tuesday posted a four-page email showing he arranged the meeting.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the committee, said it was "long overdue" that Manafort be called to testify.

The president says the Russian national involved was not a government lawyer.

The emails are the first documentary evidence that a top Trump associate took a meeting to hear damaging information about Clinton with the understanding that it was connected to a Russian government effort to help Trump in the 2016 election.

It's likely the questioning of Manafort might extend beyond the foreign agent act to probe the more recent allegations.

Trump Jr. said Monday, after the meeting was reported but before releasing the emails, that he is "Happy to work with" another Senate committee "to pass on what I know".

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Also Wednesday, Grassley flagged another potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

The president's attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in an interview with NBC's "Today" that Trump Jr. did not violate any laws by accepting the meeting.

Trump Jr. chose a friendly venue, Fox News, to downplay the meeting Tuesday night.

"This raises serious questions about whether the Obama administration authorized her to remain in the country, and if so, why?"

President Trump says the woman is a private lawyer who has "roamed the hallways" of the US Congress.

Grassley said there will be a hearing within days on the lax enforcement.

Trump Jr. has said that while he would have probably handled the meeting request differently now, he believes he did nothing wrong by hearing out someone offering information about a political opponent during a heated political campaign.

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