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Donald Trump Jr. appears before Senate Intelligence Committee

Trump Jr. appears before Senate committee
Trump Jr. asked about discrepancies in previous testimony 02:02

The Senate Intelligence Committee heard testimony from the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., for the second time on Wednesday. Republican Chairman Richard Burr issued a subpoena for Trump Jr.'s testimony following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Donald Trump Jr., the son of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for a second closed-door interview with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  / Getty Images

Trump Jr. walked past cameras, escorted by Capitol police shortly after 9:10 am before his appearance. Walking down a Senate hallway, Trump Jr. smiled and said: "nothing to correct" in response to questions from reporters on why he was appearing before the committee on Wednesday and was he there to correct his previous testimony. 

Exiting the Senate Intelligence Committee secure room at 12:05 pm, Trump Jr. told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that he was "not at all" worried about committing perjury.

"There was nothing to change. if there needed to be clarification because Michael Cohen, who let's not forget, is serving time right now for lying to these very investigative bodies, I'm happy to do that. I don't think I changed anything of what i said because there was nothing to change," Trump Jr. told reporters after 3 hours of testimony. 

He added, "I'm glad that this is finally over. We're able to put some final clarity on that. And I think the committee understands that."

Mr. Trump's son testified before the committee once before in 2017. Trump Jr. had reached an agreement to testify before the committee following the subpoena. His appearance on Wednesday will take place behind closed-doors. 

Mr. Trump told reporters last month he was "surprised" to learn his son had been subpoenaed. 

"My son's a very good person, he works very hard. The last thing he needs is Washington, D.C. He'd rather not be involved," the president said in May. 

Trump Jr. was a key figure in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York in which a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin met with him and senior campaign officials.

Reporting by Olivia Gazis and John Nolen

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