US Senate panel summons Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 26, 2017

Congressional lawmakers say President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week as part of the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the panel said Manafort tried to limit his testimony. The people who demanded anonymity to discuss Tuesday's closed-door interview say that Paul Manafort's interview with committee staff was limited to the topic of the June 2016 meeting.

Grassley and Feinstein initially said late last week that they would not immediately subpoena Manafort or Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse Intel lawmakers question Kushner for three hours as part of Russia probe Why the U.S. should fully enforce human rights sanctions on Russia Trump team has a chance to improve toxic VA culture MORE deliver scheduled public testimony before the committee on Wednesday, having reached a deal with them through their attorneys. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement Tuesday that they were ultimately not able to accommodate Manafort's request to provide to Congress only a single transcribed interview that would not be shared with the Judicary Committee. "Therefore, yesterday evening, a subpoena was issued to compel Mr. Manafort's participation in Wednesday's hearing".

Grassley and Feinstein announced earlier Tuesday that the committee had subpoenaed Manafort, citing the inability to negotiate a private interview with the political consultant.

The Judiciary Committee has sought Manafort's testimony about a meeting he attended with Russian nationals a year ago at Trump Tower during the heat of the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Manafort also provided documents to the intelligence committee, according to a source briefed on the interview.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is returning to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Emails released this month show that the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., accepted the meeting with the idea that he would receive information as part of a Russian government effort to help Trump's campaign.

Maloni said of Manafort's then-ongoing negotiations with the Judiciary Committee, "Paul has been cooperating from the beginning, and we hope to work something out".

The Latest on the probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election (all times local): 8:10 a.m.

Kushner spent about three hours behind closed doors Tuesday with the House intelligence panel. In a statement read out after the hearing, he insisted he had not colluded with Russian Federation to tip the election in his father-in-law's favor.

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