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FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Senate Judiciary Committee rescinded its subpoena for Paul Manafort


Updated July 26, 2017 11:27 AM EDT

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday after the panel rescinded its subpoena.

The committee withdrew the subpoena after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and continue discussions about setting up an interview, according to Taylor Foy, a spokesman for committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

The committee also removed Donald Trump Jr. from its list of witnesses scheduled to testify on Wednesday.

Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Tuesday and talked about Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Manafort agreed to turn over his notes on the meeting and "answered their questions fully," according to his spokesman, Jason Maloni.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, to testify at a public hearing on Wednesday.

The committee has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. It also wants Manafort's testimony on the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued a statement on the panel's decision to seek Manafort's testimony.

"While we were willing to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request to cooperate with the committee’s investigation without appearing at Wednesday’s hearing, we were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee," they wrote.

"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. While the Judiciary Committee was willing to cooperate on equal terms with any other committee to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request, ultimately that was not possible," the statement continued.

"Therefore, yesterday evening, a subpoena was issued to compel Mr. Manafort’s participation in Wednesday’s hearing. As with other witnesses, we may be willing to excuse him from Wednesday’s hearing if he would be willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview, with the understanding that the interview would not constitute a waiver of his rights or prejudice the committee’s right to compel his testimony in the future."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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