Committee issues subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify

Committee issues subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify

A person familiar with those talks said Manafort is now expected to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

One of the congressional committees examining whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation issued a subpoena Tuesday to compel Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, to provide testimony.

The panel's chairman, Sen. Both Grassley, R-Iowa, and committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had expressed confidence on Thursday in achieving cooperation with the president's son and former campaign chair.

Manafort's Tuesday appearance reportedly focused on his presence at a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Intel lawmakers question Kushner for three hours as part of Russia probe Senate Dems warn they will block recess appointments Breitbart slams Trump for "hypocrisy" over Sessions attacks MORE. Therefore, yesterday evening, a subpoena was issued to compel Mr. Manafort's participation in Wednesday's hearing.

"Mr. Manafort, through his attorney, said that he would be willing to provide only a single transcribed interview to Congress, which would not be available to the Judiciary Committee members or staff".

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A spokesman for Manafort did not immediately respond. The meeting was set up after Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, was offered compromising information as part of Russian Federation and its government's support for his father's campaign, according to emails that the younger Trump released.

Manafort's notes could provide information about what, exactly, was said at the meeting and how participants responded.

In a statement Monday, Kushner said he has found an email he sent an assistant during the meeting, requesting that he be called on his cellphone to provide an excuse to leave early. Grassley said at the time that Trump Jr. and Manafort would eventually "appear openly".

Manafort was one of three top Trump campaign aides who attended a meeting in NY past year with a group of Russian advocates.

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