Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Sen. Richard Burr’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday, saying that no one tells the Intelligence Committee chairman how to do his job.
“None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee,” McConnell said on Tuesday when asked about the tensions within his caucus over the subpoena.
“I asked him to undertake this investigation into Russian collusion a couple of years ago. He’s indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion and we are hoping that we will get a report sometime soon.”
McConnell was asked about Trump’s statement earlier on Tuesday that the subpoena of his son was “unfair.”
“I gave the responsibility of this investigation to Chairman Burr two years ago. He’s indicated publicly that they will find no collusion and we anticipate getting that report sometime soon,” he said.
The president said that he thought it was “very unfair” for the Committee to subpoena Trump Jr.
“It’s really a tough situation because my son spent I guess over 20 hours testifying about something that [special counsel Robert] Mueller said was 100 percent OK,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
Sen. Burr has come under heavy criticism, including from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
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