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Trump Jr. Will Testify in Closed-Door Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

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• August 29, 2017 5:27 pm

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The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed on Tuesday that Donald Trump Jr. is set to testify before the panel in a closed-door hearing.

An undisclosed date has been reached, and a source familiar with the matter said the testimony is set to occur within the "next few weeks," Politico reported.

Trump Jr. was called to publicly testify before the committee in July, but instead offered to participate in a private interview and provide documents to the investigators. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel leaders, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), said they still intend to hold a public hearing after speaking to him privately. If he does not agree to appear in open session, the leaders said they would subpoena him.

Trump Jr. is expected to be questioned on matters regarding his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in 2016, during the time his father was running for president. The meeting is alleged to have been arranged after the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya promised compromising information on then-candidate Donald Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The president's son has previously stated that no compromising information was exchanged as a result of the meeting.

Three congressional committees are looking to question the president’s eldest son in conjunction with their investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. In addition to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Intelligence Committee are also conducting investigations. Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a probe into the matter as well.

The investigations are focused on Trump Jr. as a subject of interest because the meeting with Veselnitskaya was arranged through his email.

President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, as well as his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting. Manafort and Kushner have already testified behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but have not yet appeared before other congressional panels.

Feinstein confirmed that Mueller’s team had been consulted, and did not object to the panel interviewing Trump Jr.