- A June 2016 meeting has led the Senate judiciary committee to ask for testimony
- The panel's chairman wants to talk to Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort
Trump Jr. and Manafort are scheduled to testify before the Senate judiciary committee on July 26
, the panel announced Wednesday, but neither Manafort nor Trump Jr. have publicly confirmed if they will appear.
"We sent the letter, I don't know whether they've accepted, but we sent the letter and we asked them for a voluntary appearance, and we also, I think we've indicated to them that -- I don't know if we said it in the letter or not -- but we indicated to them, at least publicly I indicated to them that there will be a subpoena if they don't come," the Iowa Republican told CNN.
Grassley added, "We are having a hearing next Wednesday, so obviously we want to hear right away so we can get the subpoena -- I hope they accept the subpoena voluntarily, but if they don't then you have to have a marshal give it and that takes a little more time."
The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, reiterated the subpoena threat as well.
The panel also unanimously approved the advancement Thursday of Chris Wray's nomination to be FBI director. Wray's nomination next goes to the full Senate for a vote.
In June 2016, the President's eldest son agreed to meet with someone described as a "Russian government attorney" after receiving an email offering him "very high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to emails Trump Jr. publicly released last week. Manafort and Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, attended that June 16 meeting.