-- The House Intelligence Committee will interview Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday, the first time lawmakers on Capitol Hill will have an opportunity to question President Donald Trump’s eldest son about any Russian contacts during the presidential campaign.
“If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. said in an email responding to the offer of dirt from publicist Rob Goldstone, who set up Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
In September, Trump Jr. denied collusion with Russia to interfere in the election in a closed-door interview with Senate Judiciary Committee staff, according to his statement to the committee obtained by ABC News at the time.
He told the panel Veselnitskaya spoke “very generally” about potential foreign donors to the Democratic Party before bringing up American adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law passed by Congress in 2012 preventing certain Russian officials from traveling to the United States. Russia retaliated to the passage of the sanctions package by prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children.
“After perfunctory greetings, the lawyer began telling the group very generally something about individuals connected to Russia supporting or funding Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee. It was quite difficult for me to understand what she was saying or why,” Trump Jr. said in his written statement. “Given our busy schedules, we politely asked if she could be more specific and provide more clarity about her objective for the meeting. At that point, Ms. Veselnitskaya pivoted and began talking about the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and something called the Magnitsky Act.”
Congressional investigators have already questioned four other participants in that controversial meeting, including Jared Kushner, Ike Kavelzade -- a representative of a Russian developer -- Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akkmetshin and translator Anatoli Samochornov.
He could also appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee later this month, and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee also want him to return for a public hearing.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., declined to comment on Trump Jr.’s Wednesday appearance on Capitol Hill.
In October, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about interactions with Russian nationals and efforts to arrange a meeting between campaign and Russian officials. He is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation as well.
On Monday, special prosecutors alleged in a court filing that Manafort was working with an individual connected to Russian intelligence on an editorial regarding his work for Ukraine.