Monday, July 24, 2017

Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort should testify under oath. During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Franken was asked whether it was good enough for the two to testify behind closed doors and not under oath. "No, that's not good enough," Franken said. "It should be under oath." Franken said he would like to ask questions about whether they had any other meetings with the Russians. The comments come after lawmakers announced last week that Trump Jr. and Manafort reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid appearing at a public hearing. Manafort and the president's eldest son are the focus of new attention after reports that they attended a meeting, along with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, with a Russian lawyer. An email setting up the meeting promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton that would be provided by the Russian government.

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Trumpty Dumpty States Rights • 16 hours ago Grassley did a full 180 on this one. Postured during the week that they are bringing them on Wednesday for public hearings under oath and the Senate had subpoenas ready if Jr. and Manafort didn't show up. Then it turned out to be a lie. They were secretly negotiating to drop the whole thing and just ask for some documents and closed-doors questioning by staffers. Absolutely disgusting! They also timed the release of the information late on Friday so the news dies over the weekend. They did a similar trick with Kushner's amended disclosure form that added 77 new line items. It was signed on Thursday, but they released it on Friday at 7pm. Kushner still did not reveal $1 Billion in undisclosed loans btw.
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