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Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in New York Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father's id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president's pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president's eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father's administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Donald Trump Jr. will talk Russia with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday



President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. will meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to discuss his father’s election campaign and its contacts with Russia, according to The Washington Post.

The Post reported Tuesday that it had confirmed the huddle with three Democratic members of the committee.

The meeting is expected to be comprehensive, and it is the first opportunity for lawmakers on the panel to discuss President Trump’s 2016 bid with a member of his inner circle.

The committee is examining alleged attempts by campaign members to engage with surrogates of Russia’s government.

The potential interactions came during a time that the intelligence community believes Russia tried influencing the 2016 presidential election in favor of President Trump’s candidacy.

Thursday’s meeting with Donald Trump Jr. is technically an interview with staff, but several panel members are planning to attend so they can ask their questions directly.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) originally called on Donald Trump Jr. to testify before his panel in July.

The Post reported that panel members also wish to speak with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in the future.

Committee lawmakers are additionally hoping to question Paul Manafort, who served as President Trump’s election campaign manager last year.

Members told The Post, however, that they have been unable to schedule a huddle with Manafort so far.

“Manafort has been resistant, to be very blunt,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “Certainly much more resistant than Trump Jr.”

“Perhaps not surprisingly but not really so much because Manafort probably is confronting some fairly serious criminal charges. We can elicit information from him. We’re not going to give him immunity.”

Donald Trump Jr. will be the first member of his father’s election campaign to speak with the panel about a June 2016 meeting involving a Russian lawyer.

Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort at Trump Tower in New York City last year after claiming to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Clinton became the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee only to lose the White House race to President Trump last November.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees are probing Russian interference in the contest.

The investigations – which President Trump has called a “witch hunt” against his administration – include potential collusion between Russia and his election campaign.

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