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Grassley asking Trump Jr. to testify before Senate committee, will subpoena if needed

FILE - In this May 3, 2017 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa talks with the committee's ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday that he is preparing to send a letter to the president’s son inviting him to testify on his interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Grassley told CNN he wants Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about a meeting he had with a Russian attorney last June. Emails released by Trump Jr. Tuesday indicate he took the meeting because he expected to obtain incriminating information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to support his father’s campaign.

Trump Jr. has said the meeting, which was also attended by then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, turned out to be about Russian adoption and had nothing to do with Clinton. Trump Jr. and his father have insisted he did nothing wrong, but Democrats allege that the emails prove the campaign intended to collude with Russia to win the election.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she would like Trump Jr. to testify as soon as next week, according to CNN.

The Senate and House Intelligence Committees, which are conducting investigations of Russian interference in the election, have also expressed interest in speaking to Donald Trump Jr.

Grassley and Feinstein have not ruled out subpoenaing Trump Jr. if he refuses to testify.

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