US Senate committee issues subpoena for Manafort: statement

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff Tuesday morning, a spokesman said, hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to force him to testify at a Wednesday hearing.

It's possible the transcript of Tuesday's interview with the Intelligence Committee could be shared with the Judicial Committee and satisfy the subpoena - but in a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein said the interview wasn't being made available to them.

Since May, they have been quietly interviewing witnesses and collecting documents to establish whether there are links between top aides from Trump's campaign, members of his family, and possibly the president himself and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"There's a great many questions that we'll have for Mr. Kushner", Schiff said.

Manafort is seen as a key figure in the investigation because of his participation in a June 2016 meeting that included the President's son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer.

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The House Intelligence Committee says it will meet with Kushner on Tuesday, a day after a private meeting scheduled with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they tried to negotiate with Manafort about his testimony to that panel, but weren't able to reach an agreement. Congressional committees, as well as a Justice Department special counsel, are investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation in that effort and whether the president has sought to hamper the investigations.

Trump Jr. also hired Alan Futerfas as a lawyer after reports detailed meetings previous year between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. Mr. Trump Jr. was told the lawyer had damaging information that could be used against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. "We may be willing to excuse him from Wednesday's hearing if he would be willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview".

His statement describes a December meeting with Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which Kushner and Kislyak discussed establishing a secure line for the Trump transition team and Moscow to communicate about policy in Syria. He has also said that he "never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers".

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