Manafort cleared to testify in Russia probe
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says that special counsel Robert Mueller has approved congressional testimony from President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief as well as his eldest son.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has said he wants to hear from Paul Manafort and Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that Muller “has transcribed back that he didn’t have a problem with our seeking public testimony from any of these people.”
The Judiciary panel has been working with Mueller to ensure there aren’t any conflicts between its investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and the Department of Justice’s own investigation. Both are also investigating possible links to the Trump campaign.
The news comes hours after a lawyer for a Russian developer said one of its staff was the eighth person at a Trump Tower meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign.
Attorney Scott Balber confirmed to The Washington Post and CNN on Tuesday that Ike Kaveladze attended the June 2016 meeting to help with translation.
Balber told the outlets that Kaveladze works for developers Emin and Aras Agalarov and was there to represent them. The father and son worked with Trump on the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.
Balber didn’t return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.