In a recent interview with CNN, California Rep. Jackie Speier said the House Intelligence Committee will subpoena Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in 2019. The two Trump family members will be interviewed again by the Committee as part of the ongoing investigation in Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, according to CBS San Francisco.
“I think they will be subpoenaed if they don’t come voluntarily,” said Speier, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
“We will try to make as many hearings as possible public.”
Both Trump Jr. and Kushner have denied any wrongdoing with regard to their alleged communication with Russia during the election.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, incoming Intelligence Committee chair, said he wants to investigate Trump’s Russian business interest and possible money laundering.
Trump Jr. was first interviewed by the Intelligence Committee in December 2017. At this time, he testified about the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that was attended by multiple Russian operatives. Meanwhile, Kushner, who is Donald Trump’s son-in-law through his marriage to Ivanka Trump, was interviewed by the Committee in July 2017. He is also a senior White House advisor on the government payroll.
“We want to hear from I think a number of people that we have already interviewed,” Speier said.
“All of the phone bills and phone calls made and all of the direct messages and the emails that were never subpoenaed need to be subpoenaed for the primary persons that were part of the Trump orbit and campaign.”
Democrats coming into the House in January are already formulating their plans. They’re still seeking answers about Russia and about the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
The November midterm elections left the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives and its various committees. The newly-elected Democrats will be sworn into office and assume power in January 2019.
Furthermore, the Department of Justice is also investigating Russia’s interference into the election, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in charge of the probe. Friday was a banner day in the investigation, as Mueller’s team submitted court filings providing more information about close Trump associates who have assisted in the investigation.
Michael Flynn, who was the Trump-appointed National Security Adviser for about a month, and Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s personal lawyer for about 12 years, have both been cooperating with investigators. Both men have had multiple meetings with Mueller’s team, and according to statements and court filings, both have provided substantial information in the ongoing investigation.
Multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed that Russia did interfere in the 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The aim of the investigation is to determine the level of collusion that might have taken place between Russia and the Trump campaign.