Democratic Sen. Blumenthal threatens Trump Jr. with prison if he refuses subpoena

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Donald Trump Jr., son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, steps from the podium after addressing the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

In an interview with CBS in February, one the few times he's spoken at length about the investigation, Burr said the committee had not turned up evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump Jr.is the first known member of the president's immediate family to face a subpoena over Russian Federation testimony.

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"At some point this is not about finding facts, this smacks of politics and I think we have an important job to do to try to keep the Intelligence Committee out of politics and just keep ourselves focused on our mission, which is oversight of the Intelligence Community", said Cornyn.

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Trump defended his son, saying that he was a "good person" and "totally exonerated" by special counsel Robert Mueller. However, standing alone, I don't think it's reason enough to subpoena Trump Jr. Richard Burr for his committee's subpoena of President Donald Trump's son, a move that suggests the Russian Federation investigation is not "case closed", as some in the GOP insist.

"Mitch McConnell can kill this", Webb said.

Axios first reported Wednesday that Burr had lobbed the subpoena because he and other members want to grill Trump Jr. over his 2017 testimony before the committee.

McConnell, from Kentucky, insisted Tuesday that the release of the Mueller report means that it's "case closed" for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I can understand his frustration at being asked to come back after having cooperated for such a long period of time, seeing now that the Mueller report has concluded, sort of wondering what the objective of this is", Cornyn said of Trump Jr. But at a closed-door lunch of GOP senators, he explained the reasoning behind the subpoena, according to people familiar with the discussion - including the timeline of the negotiations with Trump Jr. over his repeat testimony.

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"Don and Senate Intel agreed from the very beginning that he would appear once to testify before the committee and would remain for as long as it took to answer all of their questions". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted on Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stressed that he would not second-guess Burr but said in his view, "Mueller's the final word for me".

One argument raised against the subpoena is that Mueller has already found no collusion and Majority Leader McConnell has declared the matter closed.

He suggested maybe some members of Congress need a "Mueller Report for Dummies".

The report did not make a judgment on obstruction of justice charges, but Attorney General William Barr cleared Trump. Rand Paul, R-Ky., an ally of President Trump's, told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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