Trump Jr. subpoena came after he backed out of interviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says the panel subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two interviews that were part of its Russia investigation.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina described the reason for the subpoena to his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism for taking action against President Donald Trump’s eldest son.

Three people familiar with Burr’s remarks described them to The Associated Press. They requested anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

Burr told fellow senators that Trump Jr. had twice voluntarily agreed to an interview. According to one of the people familiar with his remarks, Burr said the committee had been in negotiations with Trump Jr. since December and had scheduled interviews for March and April before he withdrew.

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