After a long confrontation over the length and scope of the interview, Donald Trump Jr. has struck a last-minute deal to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
According to the terms of the deal, Trump Jr. will sit for an interview in mid-June for between two and four hours, with the scope limited to five or six topics pertaining to his communications with Russian officials. According to the terms of the deal, this will be the last time the US President’s son has to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The agreement ends a stand-off between Trump Jr. and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, which had divided Republicans in the Senate. A group of Republican Senators, led by Lindsey Graham, had questioned why Trump Jr. was being called back to testify about his interactions with Russia after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report which had determined that there was no collusion between Trump campaign officials and Moscow.
The president’s allies viewed such a request as congressional harassment since Trump Jr. had already testified for more than 24 hours to committees in the House and Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had declared “case closed” on the Russia matter.
The US Justice Department in mid-April released the redacted version of the long-awaited Mueller report summarizing the outcome of the investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion and Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election. According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign team.
Russia has repeatedly denied any claims of interference in the US political system, saying the allegations were made up to excuse the election loss of Trump’s opponent and deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.