U.S. Senate intelligence panel subpoenas Trump's son

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Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal on Thursday said Donald Trump Jr. should be "locked up" if he "defies" the subpoena issued this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump, who has blasted the investigations into him and Russian Federation, defended his son, who runs the Trump Organization - a private business that the Republican president still owns.

Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen provided the committee with three years of financial statements prepared by Mazars, in which Cohen says Trump inflated his wealth while he was attempting to purchase the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.

Thirdly, McConnell, while saying he understands the president's frustration, did not say he agrees with the president's statement that it is unnecessary for Trump, Jr., to testify again.

First and foremost, McConnell did not say that the subpoena was in order or necessary for the committee to complete its investigation and file its final report.

The surprise subpoena was issued by a Republican-led committee, opening a new source of strain between the Congress and a White House battling the legislature's pressure on multiple points.

Committee ranking member Sen. "It's time to move on and start focusing on issues that matter to Americans".

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"[Donald Trump Jr.] has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of congressional committees".

Another topic of possible interest to the Intelligence Committee: The Trump Tower Moscow project.

Trump Jr, 41, has 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 campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer who had offered them dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is chairman of the committee. The report notes that Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, that he did not inform his father about the emails or the upcoming meeting.

Trump on Thursday also criticized top Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), reported Fox. Trump on Wednesday invoked the principle of executive privilege over that material, claiming the right to block lawmakers from receiving it. The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Warner said his panel knew about "90 to 95 percent" of the Russian contacts mentioned in Mueller's report, and in other areas the committee had "much more extensive" information.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a floor speech Tuesday in which he declared "case closed" on the probe.

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