Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly subpoenas Donald Trump Jr

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The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has subpoenaed the President's son, Donald Trump Jr., "to answer questions about his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russian Federation investigation", Axios reports.

In testimony before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, however, Cohen, said he briefed Trump family members "approximately 10 times" about the Moscow Trump Tower project, and that Trump Jr. and his sister Ivanka were among the family members he briefed.

But Axios, which first reported the news, reports this is the first time one of Trump's children has been directly subpoenaed - notably by a committee led by the GOP majority.

The subpoena may have been prompted by former Trump lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen claiming that Trump Jr. knew more about the "Trump Tower Moscow" deal than he had stated during congressional testimony, Axios suggests. "Possible, possible, but unlikely".

Donald Trump Jr. takes a break during the Senate intelligence committee, in Washington, D.C., on December 13, 2017.

The move to subpoena Trump Jr. was met with disapproval from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who argued that politicians should redirect their energy away from investigating potential Russian collusion.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also lashed out at the Committee for being out of step with the McConnell "memo". Lee Zeldin retweeted McCarthy and called the move "weak & ridiculous".

It is unclear why the committee wants him to return to testify.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview Wednesday he was caught off guard by the news of the subpoena and only found out when news reports broke. A person close to the president's eldest son, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, said Wednesday that Trump has continued to co-operate by producing documents and answering written questions.

The White House is asserting executive privilege as the House Judiciary Committee seeks the full contents of Robert Mueller's report, which was released with redactions on April 18.