The FBI probe into President Donald Trump’s connection to Russian election interference is chugging along. While the news cycle in recent weeks has been consumed by topics like North Korea, Hurricane Harvey, and racism in Charlottesville, the Russia probe remains a thorn in President Trump’s side. This summer, a chain of e-mails between Donald Trump Jr. and a middleman revealed that he met with Russian government sources for incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, which became a momentous turning point in the investigation. Now, in what could be another turning point, Trump Jr. is set to testify on the matter.
Unlike former FBI director James Comey’s much publicized testimony, Trump Jr. will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors. Such is customary for matters that may have national security implications. Senators Chuck Grassley, a Republican, and Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, are the leaders of the committee, and they said that after the closed testimony, they will consider adding a public hearing. They said that he will testify sometime in the next few weeks.
The House of Representatives, the Senate, and the FBI all have separate investigations going on into the matter. The last is led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, a former FBI leader himself. He was appointed by Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, who assumed the leadership of all Russia-related matters in the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself for his close relationship. Mueller has been rather silent about his findings as of late, but will certainly have representatives present at the testimony. This marks the first time that Donald Trump Jr. will head to Capitol Hill.
Trump Jr. currently runs the Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s hotel and merchandising empire. His brother, Eric Trump, also works for the Trump Organization. Their sister Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, are the members of the family that moved to Washington with the president.