Grassley may subpoena former Trump campaign chairman

Candidate Donald Trump standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead New York

Grassley, Iowa's senior Republican senator, serves as chairman of the judiciary committee - one of several committees conducting investigations into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump Jr released emails this week from 2016 in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the committee, said it was "long overdue" that Manafort be called to testify.

US President Donald Trump has addressed the controversy over his eldest son's meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign.

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Trump Jr.'s meeting with Veselnitskaya, which occurred on June 9, 2016, has led to accusations from Trump critics that the campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government.

Trump Jr. told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he would be willing to testify under oath about the meeting, which he said yielded no useful information and instead focused on adoptions.

"My motive for bringing him in is because of other involvement with whether or not the Foreign Agents Registration Act has been adequately enforced by this administration and the Obama administration", Grassley said.

While Grassley spoke with reporters Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee Christopher Wray was in session.

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Donald Trump Jr. sits down to a round-table discussion at the Talk Media News radio row in Manchester, N.H., February 8, 2016.

"It was in the previous administration [and] if there had been enforcement of the immigration laws, she wouldn't have been in the country", said Grassley.

In an interview before departing Wednesday evening for France, Trump told Reuters that he didn't know about the meeting "until a couple of days ago when I heard about this".

"I think it's just raised a lot of questions. but the real way that I feel comfortable inviting him is ever since President Trump was elected", Grassley said Thursday.

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"We have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier", Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, told Circa.

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