Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said his panel "absolutely" wants to speak with Donald Trump Jr. after he confirmed a report that he met with a Russian lawyer last year.
"Absolutely, as well as […] were there other individuals in that meeting beyond this Russian lawyer?" Warner said Monday afternoon when asked if he wants the committee to interview Trump Jr.
The eldest son of President Trump acknowledged that he met in June 2016 with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya — who has ties to the Russian government — after she had offered to turn over damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
"I believe it's remarkable that this meeting, one, was not reported beforehand," Warner said. "That two... the public has seen clear evidence of at least an attempt by the Trump campaign to obtain information in this case from a possible foreign agent that would interfere with Hillary Clinton."
According to reports, the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., will begin its first interviews with Trump campaign officials this week as part of its investigation.
"The Committee doesn't publicly discuss its interview schedule or the interviews it plans to conduct," a Burr spokeswoman told the Washington Examiner on Monday.
Trump Jr. has since hired a lawyer to represent him in matters related to the Russia investigation, New York City-based criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas.
On Twitter earlier Monday, Trump Jr. defended the meeting. "Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent... went nowhere but had to listen."
"Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense," he said. "No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information."