Paul Manafort is close to reaching a deal Tuesday night with the Senate Judiciary Committee to meet with the panel privately, avoiding a public hearing.
The Judiciary Committee had issued a subpoena for Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to come before the panel. But, by agreeing to hand over documents to the committee, and continuing negotiations over doing a transcribed interview, the panel dropped the subpoena against Manafort.
"Faced with issuance of a subpoena, we are happy that Mr. Manafort has started producing documents to the Committee and we have agreed to continue negotiating over a transcribed interview," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in a statement.
"It's important that he and other witnesses continue to work with this committee as it fulfills its oversight responsibility," the senators continued. "Our investigation is still in its early stages, and we will continue to seek information from witnesses as necessary. As we've said before, we intend to get the answers that we need, one way or the other. Cooperation from witnesses is always the preferred route, but this agreement does not prejudice the committee's right to compel his testimony in the future."
Manafort spoke privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow.
CNN reported the topic of that conversation was a meeting Manafort participated in during the campaign with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. arranged the June 2016 meeting with the Russian attorney. Manafort and Jared Kushner, a White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law, joined Trump Jr. in that meeting.
The Judiciary Committee asked last week that Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, testify in a public hearing. Kushner met privately with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees this week.