It’s going to be the hearing with the highest stakes for the Trump team yet. Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner are scheduled to meet with lawmakers next week to be interviewed about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, and a top White House adviser have been identified in a number of news reports as having several contacts with Russian officials and what some see as surrogates of the Kremlin. He will testify in a closed door hearing with the Senate intelligence committee on Monday.
“As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress,” said attorney Abbe Lowell. “Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner’s interview with the Senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest.”
On Wednesday of next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked to speak with Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. It is not clear whether Trump Jr. and Manafort will testify, a spokesperson said that the request was just received by letter late Wednesday and they were still reviewing the request. These interviews are certainly the riskiest and potentially the most damaging for the Trump team.
The president has dismissed the inquiry from two congressional probes and a special counsel as a hoax that has been initiated by his political enemies.
If Donald Trump Jr. does testify, he will almost certainly be asked about his role in arranging a meeting at Trump Tower in June of 2016 with Russian officials which he said was meant to provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. These revelations have been confirmed in an email chain and acknowledged by Trump Jr. He and his father have both just called the meeting “opposition research” in the heat of a political campaign. When Trump Jr.’s lawyer was asked if he was planning to testify before Congress, Alan Futerfas said: “We’re discussing this with various committees. That’s where I’m going to leave it.”
Do you think this interview with all three of the Trump team will happen? What will the ramifications be?