Senate Judiciary Committee drops subpoena against Trump’s former campaign manager in Russia probe

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump Senior adviser Jared Kushner met with congressional investigators on Tuesday to describe in detail the highly controversial meeting they had with Russian Lawyer Natalie Veseltnitskaya back in June 2016.

Manafort was earlier been issued a subpoena to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify but, according to Politico, it has since been dropped now that there are plans for Manafort to meet with committee investigators.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she thought Manafort would eventually agree to testify before the committee before he was subpoenaed.

“The lawyers are going to work something out, I hope,” she said. “This changes three times a day.”

According to Politico, Kushner’s meeting Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday lasted for about three hours with top Democrat Adam Schiff describing it as “productive”, while  Rep. Peter King said Democrats think Kushner was holding back some information from the House.  “He was asked and re-asked the same questions over and over again,” King said.

On Monday, Kushner released his prepared statement to the public saying that he did “not collude” with the Russians and that he spent “ten minutes or so” in the meeting before leaving.

Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner have become key players in the Russia probes after their meeting with a Russian lawyer in the Trump Tower was revealed. The meeting which was set up with the sole aim of getting dirt on Democrat rival Hillary Clinton has taken several twists and turns and the lawyer has since denied any connections with the Russian government.


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