Donald Trump Jr. Caves: Faces Senate On Russia Collusion Probe//Crimson Tazvinzwa
Trump Jr. will testify to the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee next month but Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he should ignore the Senate subpoena. That even shocked a conservative legal analyst. Lawrence O’Donnell says Graham’s statements “violated his oath of office.”
House Democrats are launching a new investigation into President Trump’s lawyers and whether they helped to obstruct the Russia investigation by “shaping false testimony”, after Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified that Trump’s lawyers helped edit his congressional testimony. Democrats also say former White House Counsel Don McGahn could face contempt if he fails to testify before Congress next week.
As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its 17th day, the end does not appear to be in sight. Over the weekend, negotiations between the White House and Congress failed to make progress, with President Trump’s insistence on $5.7 billion in border funding still the principal sticking point (unsurprisingly, the administration’s offer to build a “steel barrier” instead of a “concrete wall” has not washed with newly empowered House Democrats, who have blasted the whole enterprise as immoral). Shutdowns are always tricky stories for journalists, with complex technical negotiations often hiding behind political grandstanding. This shutdown—now the third-longest in US history—is even trickier, with lies, misleading statistics, and the volatile nature of Trump’s decision-making all thrown into the mix.