Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Manafort

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

Kushner appeared again Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, one of a slew of bodies investigating the Russian meddling claims.

Manafort had attracted scrutiny for months from congressional committees and Mueller. But the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee now say the men are negotiating the terms of their appearances, and lawmakers do not currently plan to issue subpoenas to force them to appear.

In a joint statement, committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. The Senate Judiciary Committee wanted both Manafort and Trump's eldest son to appear at a public hearing Wednesday.

Grassley and Feinstein said that they would still be willing to excuse Manafort from Wednesday's hearing "if he would be willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview, with the understanding that the interview would not constitute a waiver of his rights or prejudice the committee's right to compel his testimony in the future".

"Paul Manafort is not a cooperating witness", Jason Maloni, Manafort's spokesman, told the news service. When asked why they chose to recruit her, he said she's "wonderful" and has "a lot of Washington, D.C. experience".

Simpson's attorney have said he would resist the subpoena, arguing that the committee's questions would violate the First Amendment rights of his clients as well as his own Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. An individual setting up the meeting noted in an email to Mr Trump Jr that the dirt was being made available as a part of the effort on behalf of the Russian government to support Mr Trump's campaign. He also said he was unaware of anyone in the campaign who did.

President Donald Trump is complaining about a Washington Post report that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. said he discussed election-related issues with U.S. Sen.

Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner are at the center of probes about a closely scrutinised meeting they and other campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer in 2016.

Manafort's notes could shed more light on the information she provided and what happened to the documents she brought to the session.

The committee also is looking at the work of Glenn Simpson, a political operative who was involved in the compilation of a dossier of unsubstantiated and sometimes salacious information about Trump and his associates and their interactions with Russians. The firm, Fusion GPS, also conducted research work on behalf of a law firm working with a Russian client of Veselnitskaya, who had been sued by USA authorities in NY.

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