The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has made it clear he has no intention of fulfilling the recent subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee and their demands that he answer more questions about the plans for Trump Tower Moscow that were under development during the 2016 election and were an important part of Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign.
Don Jr. is “unlikely” to comply with the committee’s requests, according to Reuters, planning to plead the Fifth Amendment and invoke his right to avoid self-incrimination in order to avoid having to reveal the truth about his communications with Russians officials.
The ranking member of the committee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), had a simple message in response to the news: get ready for jail!
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“If he fails to answer, he ought to be put in jail. If he fails to comply with a lawful subpoena, he has no privilege. Prison is the only answer,” said Sen. Blumenthal to reporters on Thursday.
Blumenthal, who was present for the Trump scion’s first round of testimony, made it very clear he found it wanting:
“There are a number of responses he gave that are challengeable based on the truth. There are a number of areas that need to be scrutinized by the Intelligence Committee. His responses in the Judiciary Committee are certainly one of those areas…I was in the room and my clear impression was that his answers were deliberately misleading and false. He said he was only peripherally aware of the negotiations in Moscow for Trump Tower there when apparently he was briefed extensively.”
It remains to be seen if the Republican committee chairman, Richard Burr (R-NC) will defy his party and use his power to hold the President’s son in contempt — but seeing as he’s already declared he won’t be seeking re-election and has already isolated himself by going this far, the next few days are going to be very interesting to watch.