Amid scrutiny over his meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump’s son agreed to a date to participate in a transcribed interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The meeting came as part of a deal that Donald Trump Jr. made with the committee to avoid meeting in an open session. Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, reportedly confirmed Trump Jr.’s agreement but, according to CNN, wouldn’t identify the date of the hearing.
While Trump Jr.’s attorney Alan Futerfas declined to comment, Trump Jr. has himself denied any wrongdoing in the meeting he had with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He issued that denial while appearing on Fox News’s “Hannity” with conservative commentator Sean Hannity in June. During that appearance, Trump Jr. pledged to testify under oath and cooperate with federal investigators.
Trump Jr. caught a flurry of controversy after a report surfaced that he not only met with Veselnitskaya but that he did so with the knowledge that she could offer him potentially damaging information on his father’s opponent and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The email chain that helped set up that meeting also indicated to Trump Jr. that the Russian government sought to help his father win the 2016 election.