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Feinstein: Trump Jr. Hearing Will Happen Come 'Hell Or High Water'

President Trump’s eldest son will have to testify under oath before a congressional committee, if a Democratic Senate leader gets her way.

CNN reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants Donald Trump Jr. to answer lawmakers’ questions about his 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Natalia Veselnitskaya. The Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer promised to turn over incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to the president’s son.

Trump Jr. admitted attending the meeting, along with White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. However, the 39-year-old Trump claims the lawyer provided no dirt on Clinton. Some of the administration’s critics argue that the incident was an example of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, which is the subject of investigations by Congress and the Justice Department. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his legal team also are looking into whether the president attempted to obstruct justice in firing FBI Director James Comey, then admitting his goal was to stop the bureau’s election-meddling probe.

Trump Jr. has already been to Capitol Hill once to explain his Russian contacts. Last week, he spoke with Senate Judiciary Committee staffers for nearly four hours. However, the president’s son was not under oath and the committee did not reveal his comments. When CNN asked Feinstein whether Trump Jr. should return for a public hearing, she replied: “I do, come hell or high water.”

GOP Sen. Charles Grassley, who chairs the judiciary panel, has not indicated whether he will support the Democrat’s demand. “I’m going to talk to Sen. Feinstein about that, and make a decision after we talk to her,” he told CNN. The network noted that the Iowa Republican has been increasingly cooperative with the minority party’s efforts to get to the bottom of Russia’s role in the election.

According to U.S. intelligence officials, Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered last year’s hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman. Russia also may have been responsible for some of the “fake news” about Clinton that appeared on social media. In addition, Putin has been accused of cyberattacks on U.S. voter-registration systems. A group of hackers is trying to determine whether the Kremlin strongman had the ability to interfere with voting machines, as well.

If Trump Jr. does go back to the halls of Congress, he might be asked to make more than one appearance. Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the panel would like to question the president’s son and others about their Russian connections. He mentioned Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as possible witnesses.

The Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, urged the panel’s GOP leadership to summon Rinat Akhmetshin, a lobbyist who was in the room for Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya. Burr pointed out that because the Russian lawyer is not a U.S. citizen, he “can’t compel her” to testify. “All I can do is use my charm and good looks,” he joked.

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