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Finally, there was the president himself, who stated he was "very surprised" to learn of the subpoena.

The committee is still investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election even after special counsel Robert Mueller spent around two years and tens of millions of dollars on his own probe, concluding that several groups of Russians interfered in the election but that no Americans conspired or cooperated with them. "If he fails to comply with a lawful subpoena, he has no privilege, prison is the only answer".

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he understands the younger Trump's "frustration".

Top Republicans criticized the committee's decision to subpoena Trump Jr.

Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen.

Mr Burr has not spoken publicly about the latest subpoena, or whether Trump Jr might invoke his constitutional right to not testify.

The committee chairman is Republican Sen.

"Frankly for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting, yeah, I'm surprised", Trump told reporters at the White House. But I think that this is just a blip, I think the case is closed.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., served up a none-too-subtle Twitter slam targeting Sen. But former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, and who reported to a federal prison in NY earlier this week to begin serving a three-year sentence for tax and bank fraud, stated he briefed Trump family members on the Moscow tower project that never materialized "approximately 10" times.

"Endless investigations_by either party_won't change the fact that there was NO collusion".

The surprise subpoena was issued by a Republican-led committee, opening a new source of strain between the Congress and a White House battling the legislature's pressure on multiple points.

In addition, McConnell's reiteration that the case is closed without backing the subpoena in any way essentially undercuts any legitimate claim the Senate Intelligence Committee has to attempt enforcement of the subpoena-rendering, in political terms, the Burr subpoena meaningless.

Trump on Thursday also criticized top Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), reported Fox. "He said he was only peripherally aware of the negotiations in Moscow for Trump Tower there when apparently he was briefed extensively", Blumenthal said.

Trump Jr. had appeared before the panel previously to answer questions from committee staff, according to congressional sources.