Donald Trump Jr., who previously admitted to meeting with Russian government surrogates to secure compromising material on Secretary Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, has agreed to sit down for a transcribed interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, CNN reports.
Senior committee staff will be permitted to question Donald Trump Jr. and senators are invited to attend. The announcement comes after Jr. was invited to publicly testify in July, and instead negotiated a deal to give his testimony in private. The date for the transcribed interview hasn’t been released, but CNN reports that some expect it as early as September.
While it’s unclear how Trump Jr. will try to defend his blatant attempts to collude with Russia for his father’s benefit, it does seem likely that he’ll misstep somewhere during his testimony.
This is the same man who tweeted out the emails proving that he sought to meet with the Russian lawyer for the express purpose of getting dirt on Clinton. Further incompetent blunders seem likely and now – since the interview will be transcribed – we’ll be privy to the details.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the now-infamous meeting between Don Jr. and the Russian lawyer and associates. Both of them are also persons of interest in the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.