Donald Trump Jr. is following up on his deal to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee—the deal he made after the committee’s Republican chairman supported issuing a subpoena to bring in Trump Jr. The subpoena for Trump Jr. was issued only after he twice agreed to appear voluntarily, then backed out each time.
As CNN notes, Republican North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s efforts to get Trump Jr. in front of the committee were treated as a major betrayal by a party that now rates loyalty to Trump as its first and only principle. Burr was pilloried by Fox News, by White House staffers, and by his fellow Republicans in the Senate and House. When it was first announced, Trump wouldn’t say whether his eldest son would agree to appear, but Trump Jr. reached an agreement to testify behind closed doors—briefly. The agreement limits questioning to a handful of topics and cuts Trump Jr.’s time to somewhere between two and four hours; a period that can easily be filibustered by a combination of Trump Jr. rambling and Trump-friendly Republicans using their time to throw him a series of life preservers.
The biggest reasons for bringing Donald Trump Jr. back for a visit with the Senate are that answers he gave in earlier closed-door sessions don’t appear to have been … complete. Or truthful. In particular, questions remain about the Trump Moscow Project, where there were major inconsistencies between Trump Jr.’s testimony and that of later witnesses like Michael Cohen. It now appears that Trump Jr. was much more aware of and involved with the project than he admitted in past testimony.