Grassley may subpoena former Trump campaign chairman

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Grassley noted he intends to question Manafort on the Foreign Agent Registration Act, including on his role in the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

Pressed on whether the committee would subpoena Trump Jr., Grassley said, "Let's wait and see what he does from our letter".

Manafort would also be asked about his participation in a Trump Tower meeting last June with President Donald Trump's eldest son and son-in-law, where the objective was to hear potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

A person close to Manafort said that he hasn't yet received a letter from the committee about a possible interview.

Multiple Congressional committees as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

The emails were the most concrete evidence that Trump's campaign might have been willing to accept Russian help to win the election, a subject that has prompted investigations by the U.S. Justice Department and Congress.

The lawmakers spoke one day after Donald Trump Jr. posted on Twitter a series of emails that revealed his eagerness to hear negative material on Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

"If he [Manafort] comes before our committee, and we'll subpoena him if necessary", Grassley said.

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

The exchange showed Trump Jr. conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who supposedly had dirt on Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Grassley said in a statement.

The Iowa Republican told reporters he thinks there has been "lackadaisical enforcement" by the Trump and Obama administrations.

The "Steele dossier" is a report that is believed to have been funded by a Hillary Clinton backer and was spread widely among politicians and journalists with the intention of damaging Trump with information that has been widely debunked. He said he will leave that to Robert Muller, the special counsel investigating the president's campaign ties to Russian Federation. Grassley said there has been no response to that letter and he was unable to comment on the outcome of the discussion with the lawyer for Trump Jr.

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