Donald Trump 'Surprised' Richard Burr Subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr

A view of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Thursday that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., should be imprisoned if he fails to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena.

"I've said repeatedly that his answers, to questions, and I watched him, were smart-alecky, untruthful, and misleading", Blumenthal said to the media about Trump Jr.'s first testimony to Congress in 2017. "The Mueller Report cleared @DonaldJTrumpJr and he's already spent 27 hours testifying before Congress", tweeted Burr's fellow North Carolina Republican, Sen.

Trump Jr. had appeared before the panel previously to answer questions from committee staff, according to congressional sources.

He was also quizzed about direct communications he had with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which leaked damaging documents and communications stolen by Russians from Clinton's campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a rally before President Donald Trump addresses the audience in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019. As CNN's Jeremy Herb reported, the subpoena was issued two weeks ago, and sources say the president was aware of it. The person, who requested anonymity to discuss the internal negotiations, said members had been regularly briefed on communications with Trump Jr.

"My son's a very good person, he works very hard", Trump said, adding that Trump Jr. offered his assistance during his 2016 campaign. He has been adamant that the panel's Russian Federation probe be bipartisan and fair.

It's also the first real sign of any dissention among members of the committee, who have worked together quietly since the panel's Russian Federation investigation began in early 2017.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, joined by Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in 2017.

The panel's investigation, led by Burr, has been running for more than two years, and the committee has interviewed numerous same witnesses who spoke to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

When asked if Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting, he told senators, "I did not".