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U.S. Senate Committee To Hear Private Testimony From Trump Jr.


Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (right) stands with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in September 2016.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that President Donald Trump's oldest son has agreed to testify privately as the committee probes allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Donald Trump Jr. also agreed to provide documents requested by the committee, Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein said in a joint statement on August 29.

Investigations in Congress and at the Justice Department have focused on a meeting Trump Jr. held with several Russians in June 2016 at which he had been promised damaging information about Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, according to e-mails and media reports.

While Trump Jr. released e-mails discussing the meeting, he has said that it yielded nothing of value for Trump's campaign and did not amount to collusion with Russia.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is also investigating alleged Russian interference in the election, has issued subpoenas to Melissa Laurenza, an attorney who represented Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as to Jason Maloni, a Manafort spokesman.

Trump has denied any coordination with Russia by his campaign, and has called the investigations "witch-hunts." Moscow also denies meddling in the election.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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